Video: The Alligator Car – McLaren M19C
The McLaren 50th Anniversary celebrations continue with a look at it’s race winning challenger for the 1972 season, the M19C. The M19C was nicknamed ‘The Alligator Car’ due to its bulging mid-section and long nose. The car ‘s livery was distinctive, sporting colors from McLaren’s first-ever sponsorship deal with Yardley cosmetics and the team also introduced new features such as brake cooling ducts, a safety kill-switch for the engine and a 6-point seat-belt racing harness.
The teams results in 1972 were solid, with New Zealand’s Denis Hulme winning the South African Grand Prix at Kyalami, and along with team mate Peter Revson the M19C also scored no less than ten podium appearances.