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McLaren M9A FWD (1969), Engine 2993cc V8 Ford Cosworth DFV, at the 2012 Donington Collection, RK

McLaren M9A FWD (1969), Engine 2993cc V8 Ford Cosworth DFV, at the  2012 Donington Collection, by Robert Knight - Flickr.com

The McLaren M9A was a 4WD Formula 1 Racecar built in 1969.

Bruce McLaren's team was the last front-running team to produce a 4WD car in 1969, a brand new chassis designed by Jo Marquart and designated the M9A.

The car, complete with distinctive "tea tray" rear wing, was completed in time for Derek Bell to use in the British Grand Prix alongside the standard M7s, where he retired with suspension failure.

After McLaren himself tested the car he compared driving it to "trying to write your signature with someone constantly jogging your elbow" and the car was never raced again.

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