1976 McLaren M26 news, pictures, specifications, and information
The McLaren M26 was constructed as a replacement for the aging M23 model. The design was courtesy of Gordon Coppuck who incorporated lightweight designs and technology to reduce the vehicles overall weight. The car was given a narrower monocoque and a smaller frontal area.

Jochen Mass was given the privilege of determining the cars potential during testing sessions. It was discovered that the car suffered from cooling problems which forced Coppuck to redesign the radiator to improve airflow. Further testing and development continued.

The car made its racing debut at the Dutch Grand Prix in the hands of Mass. The team was not satisfied with the car, and further development, mainly to the nose section, was undertaken. The car did not reappear in Grand Prix competition during the 1976 season. Instead, McLaren relied on the aging, yet proven, M23 cars.

The M23 was used for the first few races of the 1977 season. The M26 made its second racing debut at the Spanish Grand Prix. The car was reliable, but it was not an overwhelming success. As the season progressed, so did the car. The cars performance and handling were continued to be improved, resulting in James Hunt to capture three victories. Two other podium finishes were made by Hunt during the year.

McLaren finished the season with 69 points and third in the Constructors' Championship.

For the 1978 season, the M26 was again the teams car. Mass was replaced by Patrick Tambay, whose career had begun with Surtees, and would later include McLaren, Ferrari, Theodore, Renault, and Hass Lola. The McLaren team got off to a promising start, but other team introductions part way through the season, had McLaren loosing ground. Lotus introduced their Type 79, which immediately made the M26 obsolete.

Mid-way through the season, Coppuck performed an extensive redesign on the car, giving it partial ground effects and enlarging the sidepods. It was given smaller wings in both the front and rear, and the suspension was revised. The improvements did not help, and Lotus's dominance continued.

At the conclusion of the season, the McLaren M26 was retired. The McLaren team would not score another victory until 1981.

During the McLaren M26's racing career, it scored three victories and earned a total of 86 points.
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1976 Formula One Season
Scuderia FerrariFerrari312 T2
312 T 
Austria Andreas Nikolaus 'Niki' Lauda
Switzerland Gianclaudio Giuseppe 'Clay' Regazzoni
Argentina Carlos Alberto Reutemann 
Marlboro McLarenMcLaren
United Kingdom James Simon Wallis Hunt
Germany Jochen Richard Mass 
Elf Team TyrrellTyrrell
France Patrick André Eugène Joseph Depailler
South Africa Jody David Scheckter 
John Player Team LotusLotus
United States Mario Gabriele Andretti
United Kingdom Robert 'Bob' Evans
Sweden Gunnar Nilsson
Sweden Bengt Ronnie Peterson 
Ligier GitanesLigier France Jacques-Henri Laffite 20
Citibank Team PenskePenske
United Kingdom John Marshall 'Wattie' Watson 20
March EngineeringMarch
Italy Vittorio Brambilla
Italy Maria Grazia 'Lella' Lombardi
Italy Arturo Francesco 'Little Art' Merzario
Sweden Bengt Ronnie Peterson
Germany Hans-Joachim Stuck 
Shadow Racing TeamShadow
France Jean-Pierre Jacques Jarier
United Kingdom Thomas Maldwyn Pryce 
Martini RacingBrabham
Brazil José Carlos Pace
Australia Larry Clifton Perkins
Argentina Carlos Alberto Reutemann
Germany Rolf Johann Stommelen 
10 Team SurteesSurtees
Sweden Conny Andersson
Australia Alan Stanley Jones
United States Robert Brett Lunger
Japan Noritake Takahara 
11 Copersucar-FittipaldiFittipaldi Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi
Brazil Ingo Hoffmann 
12 Team EnsignEnsign New Zealand Christopher Arthur Amon
Austria Hans Binder
Belgium Jacques Bernard 'Jacky' Ickx
Belgium Patrick Nève 
13 Vel's Parnelli Jones RacingParnelli United States Mario Gabriele Andretti 1
 HB Bewaking Alarm SystemsBoro Australia Larry Clifton Perkins 
 Lexington RacingTyrrell
South Africa Ian Scheckter 
 Scuderia Gulf RondiniTyrrell
Italy Alessandro Pesenti-Rossi 
 OASC Racing TeamTyrrell
Austria Otto Stuppacher 
 Heroes RacingTyrrell
Japan Kazuyoshi Hoshino 
 RAM RacingBrabham Spain Emilio de Villota Ruíz
United Kingdom Robert 'Bob' Evans
Switzerland Loris Kessel
Italy Maria Grazia 'Lella' Lombardi
United Kingdom Damien Magee
Denmark Jacob 'Jac' Nelleman
Belgium Patrick Nève 
 Shellsport/WhitingSurtees United Kingdom Divina Mary Galica 
 Team Norev / B&S FabricationsSurtees
France Henri Pescarolo 
 Stanley BRMBRM United Kingdom Ian Hugh Gordon Ashley 
 Team P R ReillyShadow
United Kingdom Mike Wilds 
 Frank Williams Racing CarsWilliams
New Zealand Christopher Arthur Amon
Belgium Jacques Bernard 'Jacky' Ickx
France Michel Leclère
Italy Renzo Zorzi 
 Walter Wolf RacingWilliams
New Zealand Christopher Arthur Amon
Austria Hans Binder
Australia Warwick Brown
Belgium Jacques Bernard 'Jacky' Ickx
Japan Masami Kuwashima
France Michel Leclère
Italy Arturo Francesco 'Little Art' Merzario 
 Mapfre-WilliamsWilliams Spain Emilio Rodríguez Zapico 
 Hesketh RacingHesketh Austria Harald Ertl
Brazil Alex Dias Ribeiro
Germany Rolf Johann Stommelen 
 Penthouse Rizla Racing with HeskethHesketh United Kingdom Guy Richard Goronwy Edwards 
 F&S PropertiesPenske
Netherlands Johan 'Boy' Hayje 
 Kojima EngineeringKojima Japan Masahiro Hasemi 
 Maki EngineeringMaki United Kingdom Tony Trimmer 

1976 Season Review
RaceCircuitDateWinning DriverConstructor
 Brazilian Grand Prix  InterlagosJan 1976  Andreas Nikolaus 'Niki' LaudaFerrari 
 South African Grand Prix  KyalamiMar 1976  Andreas Nikolaus 'Niki' LaudaFerrari 
 United States Grand Prix West  Long BeachMar 1976  Gianclaudio Giuseppe 'Clay' RegazzoniFerrari 
 Spanish Grand Prix  JaramaMay 1976  James Simon Wallis HuntMcLaren 
 Belgian Grand Prix  ZolderMay 1976  Andreas Nikolaus 'Niki' LaudaFerrari 
 Monaco Grand Prix  MonacoMay 1976  Andreas Nikolaus 'Niki' LaudaFerrari 
 Swedish Grand Prix  ScandinavianJun 1976  Jody David ScheckterTyrrell 
 French Grand Prix  Paul RicardJul 1976  James Simon Wallis HuntMcLaren 
 British Grand Prix  Brands HatchJul 1976  Andreas Nikolaus 'Niki' LaudaFerrari 
 German Grand Prix  NürburgringAug 1976  James Simon Wallis HuntMcLaren 
 Austrian Grand Prix  OsterreichringAug 1976  John Marshall 'Wattie' WatsonPenske 
 Dutch Grand Prix  ZandvoortAug 1976  James Simon Wallis HuntMcLaren 
 Italian Grand Prix  MonzaSep 1976  Bengt Ronnie PetersonMarch 
 Canadian Grand Prix  MosportOct 1976  James Simon Wallis HuntMcLaren 
 United States Grand Prix  Watkins GlenOct 1976  James Simon Wallis HuntMcLaren 
 Japanese Grand Prix  Fuji SpeedwayOct 1976  Mario Gabriele AndrettiLotus 

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