1980 McLaren M30 news, pictures, specifications, and information
The McLaren M30 was raced during the 1980 Formula One season and only one example was created. It was designed by Gordon Cuppock and driven primarily by Alain Prost. The M29 had become obsolete and a new vehicle was needed. The result was the M30 which further capitalized on ground-effect design.

During practice at the United States Grand Prix, the M30 was damaged in an accident. The M30 would be the last new Formula One car completed by McLaren before Ron Dennis assumed leadership of the team the following year.

The M30 was raced to a sixth place finish at the Dutch Grand Prix, followed by a 7th at the Italian Grand Prix. The next and final race of the season was the US Grand Prix, where the car was unable to start the race. The eleven points earned by the M30 gave the team a seventh place finish in the Constructors Championship.
By Daniel Vaughan | May 2011
McLaren continues to be renowned as one of the sport's most successful competitors today, with over forty years and 182 Grand Prix victories under their belt. They are also considered one of the world's most celebrated high-technology brands.

A limited edition model, the McLaren M30 is a Formula One racing vehicle that replaced the M29. Designed by Gordon Cuppock and produced by McLaren, it ran for part of the 1980 Formula One season. Most often it was driven by Alain Prost. The ground-effect design of the M29 was considered outdated, so the M30 with its advanced ground effects was introduced with intent to revive McLaren's competitiveness. The M30 featured the classic ground effect set up, close coupled exhausts over the top of the gearbox and rocker arm rear suspension.

The M30 was the final new car completed by McLaren before the team merged with Ron Dennis's Project 4 Formula 2 team and he took over the team the next year. The rear wheel drive M30 weighed in at 1322.8 lbs.

At the Dutch Grand Prix the M30 won sixth place and followed with seventh place at the Italian Grand Prix. During a practice for the 1980 U.S. Grand Prix the M30 was damaged in an accident. McLaren had no choice but to return to the M29 model for the 1981 season. The team received a seventh place finish in the Constructors Championship with the eleven points earned by the M30. Since then the car has been racing in historic competitions, first by Alo Lawler in England and then George Nuse in the USA. In 1984 the M30 caused quite a stir raced by Lawler. The vehicle kept most of its original Marlboro insignia along with a few hastily added LEP sponsor stickers, it even kept Prost's name by the roll hoop.

Sean Allen has raced the McLaren M30 competitively in the U.S. in the Historic Grand Prix since 2004. Tony Nicholson in Sonoma California at Robin Automotive is currently maintaining the surviving McLaren M30.


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1980 Formula One Season
Albilad Williams Racing TeamWilliamsFW07B Australia Alan Stanley Jones
Argentina Carlos Alberto Reutemann 
Equipe Ligier GitanesLigier France Jacques-Henri Laffite
France Didier Joseph-Lovis Pironi 
Parmalat Racing TeamBrabham Brazil Nelson Souto Maior Piquet
Mexico Héctor Alonso Rebaque
Argentina Ricardo Héctor Zunino 
Equipe Renault ElfRenault France René Alexandre Arnoux
France Jean-Pierre Alain Jabouille 
Candy Team TyrrellTyrrell
Ireland Derek Daly
France Jean-Pierre Jacques Jarier
New Zealand Michael Thackwell 
Marlboro McLarenMcLaren
France Alain Marie Pascal Prost
United Kingdom Stephen South
United Kingdom John Marshall 'Wattie' Watson 
Skol Fittipaldi TeamFittipaldi Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi
Finland Keijo Erik 'Keke' Rosberg 
Warsteiner Arrows Racing TeamArrows
Germany Jochen Richard Mass
Italy Riccardo Gabriele Patrese
New Zealand Michael Thackwell
Germany Manfred Winkelhock 
10 Scuderia FerrariFerrari
312 T5 F1 
South Africa Jody David Scheckter
Canada Joseph Gilles Henri Villeneuve 
11 Marlboro Team Alfa RomeoAlfa Romeo
Italy Vittorio Brambilla
Italy Andrea de Cesaris
France Patrick André Eugène Joseph Depailler
Italy Bruno Giacomelli 
 Team ATSATS Austria Harald Ertl
Netherlands Johannes 'Jan' Lammers
Switzerland Marc Surer 
 Team Essex LotusLotus
United States Mario Gabriele Andretti
Italy Elio de Angelis
United Kingdom Nigel Ernest James Mansell 
 Unipart Racing TeamEnsign Netherlands Johannes 'Jan' Lammers
United Kingdom Geoffrey Lees
United Kingdom Timothy 'Tiff' Needell
Switzerland Gianclaudio Giuseppe 'Clay' Regazzoni 
 Theodore ShadowShadow Sweden Stefan Nils Edwin Johansson
Ireland David Kennedy
United Kingdom Geoffrey Lees 
 Osella Squadra CorseOsella United States Edward McKay 'Eddie' Cheever, Jr. 
 Brands Hatch RacingWilliams South Africa Desiré Randall Wilson 
 RAM – Penthouse Rizla RacingWilliams United States Kevin Cogan
United Kingdom Rupert Keegan
United Kingdom Geoffrey Lees 

1980 Season Review
RaceCircuitDateWinning DriverConstructor
 Argentine Grand Prix  Oscar GálvezJan 1980  Alan Stanley JonesWilliams 
 Brazilian Grand Prix  InterlagosJan 1980  René Alexandre ArnouxRenault 
 South African Grand Prix  KyalamiMar 1980  René Alexandre ArnouxRenault 
 United States Grand Prix West  Long BeachMar 1980  Nelson Souto Maior PiquetBrabham 
 Belgian Grand Prix Belgian Grand Prix ZolderMay 1980  Didier Joseph-Lovis PironiLigier 
 Monaco Grand Prix  MonacoMay 1980  Carlos Alberto ReutemannWilliams 
 French Grand Prix  Paul RicardJun 1980  Alan Stanley JonesWilliams 
 British Grand Prix  Brands HatchJul 1980  Alan Stanley JonesWilliams 
 German Grand Prix  HockenheimringAug 1980  Jacques-Henri LaffiteLigier 
 Austrian Grand Prix  OsterreichringAug 1980  Jean-Pierre Alain JabouilleRenault 
 Dutch Grand Prix  ZandvoortAug 1980  Nelson Souto Maior PiquetBrabham 
 Italian Grand Prix  ImolaSep 1980  Nelson Souto Maior PiquetBrabham 
 Canadian Grand Prix  Circuit Île Notre-DameSep 1980  Alan Stanley JonesWilliams 
 United States Grand Prix  Watkins GlenOct 1980  Alan Stanley JonesWilliams 

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