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Gilles Villeneuve McLaren M23 – Render

Submitted by on January 28, 2015

Gilles Villeneuve McLaren M23Stunning render captures the beauty of the Gilles Villeneuve’s McLaren M23, the car in which he made his Formula One debut at the 1977 British Grand Prix. Put together by a digital genius known only as “The Uncle” (you can check out his page here), this awesome render perfectly captures the memory of a car which Gilles is less often remembered for driving. Say hello to the computerized Gilles Villeneuve McLaren M23.

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Most people associate the well-loved Canadian Formula One driver with racing marque Ferrari, however it was in this car which Villeneuve first partook in F1 Championship competition.

He drove the M23 at the British Grand Prix before swapping to Ferrari to finish the year.By 1977 the McLaren M23 was an aging beast (M23E was the specific model driven by Villeneuve), having first raced way back in 1973.

It was superseded by the M26, however a young Nelson Piquet still drove the M23 for three races in 1978 with BS Fabrications – including his first Formula One Grand Prix finish. For now, let us bask in the beauty of the Gilles Villeneuve McLaren M23.

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