We are elated to finally share with you images of our first completed McLaren MCL35M at 1:8 scale. Demand has been huge from our commercial and private customers alike and models from our fourth batch are now available to order for prompt dispatch. The first three batches of Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo's 2021 Gulf-liveried competitor have already been delivered, including to McLaren Racing themselves for display and internal use.
An evolution from the previous season, the MCL35M was McLaren Racing’s challenger for the 2021 FIA Formula 1 World Championship. Piloting the MCL35M was one of the most competitive and popular driver line-ups in the sport: 21-year-old British driver Lando Norris, in his third season in Formula 1 with the team, and the Australian seven-time race winner Daniel Ricciardo, who had just made the switch from Renault. This fine 1:8 scale model of McLaren MCL35M is as raced by Norris and Ricciardo at the Formula 1 Grand Prix De Monaco 2021 in its one-off Gulf Oil International-inspired livery on the 23rd of May.
The MCL35M exhibited an evocative retro livery, which celebrated the deep-rooted and successful racing partnership between McLaren Racing and Gulf Oil International. McLaren and Gulf revived their long-standing collaboration in July 2020 when the team announced the brand’s return as an official partner. The iconic blue colourway livery with the orange stripe is a tribute to Gulf’s timeless design while reflecting a racing connection that began in the days of team founder Bruce McLaren. Norris, Ricciardo and the whole race team sported matching race suits, the drivers also wearing race helmets with bespoke retro designs, which were raffled for the team’s mental health charity partner, Mind, after the event.
After qualifying fifth, Norris took advantage of Charles Leclerc’s mistake and subsequent pre-race withdrawal, and Valtteri Bottas’ mechanical misfortunes, to score his third career podium, coming home in third position. With ten laps to go, Norris reported that the car felt undriveable on the Hard tyres, while the Red Bull of Sergio Pérez was beginning to chase him down. The gap dropped to just 1.5 seconds as Norris ordered radio silence, settling his pace and ultimately holding off the Mexican for his second podium of the season. Ricciardo finished thirteenth, at a track notorious for its overtaking difficulty.
The Full Collection
MCL35M 1:18 Scale
Our next batch of Gulf-livered 1:18 scale models, as raced in Monaco, is nearing completion and a very limited number of models are available to order, with delivery anticipated at the end of April. Due to the limited numbers of models available, orders will be taken on a first-come first-serve basis. To reserve your model please order on our website through the link below.
Nosecone at 1:12 Scale
Our 1:12 scale models of the MCL35M nosecone recreate the nosecone of the car as raced at the Formula 1 Pirelli Gran Premio del Made in Italy e dell'Emilia Romagna 2021 on the 18th of April 2021. In a fantastic weekend for McLaren and a race of tactical switches and carefully calculated pit stops, Norris earned his second career podium in third position, while Ricciardo finished in sixth position in just his second race for the team. Models of the MCL35M Nosecone are available to order now.
MCL35M at 1:8 Scale
Whilst Ferrari may have pipped the team to third in the Constructors' Championship, the MCL35M did what even the title-chasing Mercedes and Red Bull couldn't do in 2021, claiming a fantastic 1-2 victory at the Italian Grand Prix. Our edition of the Monza-winning car celebrates McLaren’s first one-two finish since the 2010 Canadian Grand Prix and first win since the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix.
Our development model is currently with McLaren, undergoing intense scrutiny to ensure complete accuracy of representation. Limited to just 50 pieces, we are already accepting deposits on these models, with a view to delivering the first batches in the summer.