Honda is getting excited for its imminent return to Formula One with McLaren. So excited, in fact, that it got its new/old friends from Woking to loan it one of its old F1 cars. But not just any old F1 car...

On display at the Honda stand in Frankfurt this year is the 1988 McLaren MP4-4 in which the legendary Ayrton Senna drove to fifteen out of sixteen grands prix that season to take the championship in spectacular style.

Honda provided the engine for that car, a 1.5-liter turbo V6 with upwards of 600 horsepower to propel less than 1,200 lbs. Of course this being a static display car, it's likely been stripped of its engine, gearbox and most other internal mechanical components. But that doesn't make the sight of it any less memorable.


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      hoosiertard
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Upwards of 600 horsepower"? Unless Honda and the entire F1 press was lying in 1988, the horsepower was far beyond 600. The qualifying motors (remember those!?) were claimed to exceed 1000 HP back then. And as someone already pointed out, Senna didn't win 15 out of 16 by himself. Give Mr. Prost his due.
      Zaki
      • 1 Year Ago
      That is a 1.5li V12, not a V6
        Gr@y_F0XXX
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Zaki
        No it was a 1.5L turbo V6, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McLaren_MP4/4. That's the wiki page for the McLaren MP4/4 that was used in the 1988 F1 season.
        hoosiertard
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Zaki
        No, sorry. It was a V6.
        Jonathan Arena
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Zaki
        It was only a V12 for a half a season, in 1993 I think... then they went to a V10
      icemilkcoffee
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why do you think they have to remove the engine and gearbox out of this display car? It\'s not like they are going to reuse any of these mechanical parts anyways.
      Ryan Khoury
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yeah so... Given the fact that this car seems to contain none of the original machinery that made it an MP4-4 and all of the sponsorship material has been removed not to mention it's been mounted on a wall who's to say it's not just a model? Maybe it's a stupid thing to say but given all thats said in the comments who the heck do I know this is the actual car that Senna sat in?
      Charrop
      • 1 Year Ago
      Was it really necessary to remove the Marlboro logos? It's a part of history.
        Hajime1990 #follow
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Charrop
        back then, i remember they had the "bar code" marlboro logo to replace the actual name. apparently they cant use it either these days.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Charrop
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