McLaren MP4/2 was one of the most successful Formula One cars of the turbo era, winning all three Drivers’ Championships where it took part. The first model of the series, MP4/2, was designed by John Barnard for the 1984 season and Niki Lauda drove it to his 3rd Championship title. MP4/2 utilized the carbon fibre honeycomb monocoque and was powered by TAG Porsche turbocharged engine that produced 650 bhp. MP4/2B for the 1985 was slightly updated with cleaner aerodynamics and redesigned wings to comply with new regulations which banned the “winglets” on the rear wings of the cars which had been in use since 1983. Further development of the model, MP4/2C used in 1985 season, had even less minor aerodynamics changes to B version than B to initial 4/2. Alain Prost successfully defended his Championship title in tight fight with Williams duo of Nigel Mansell and Nelson Piquet. French “Professor” won 4 Gran Prix (at San Marino, Monaco, Austria and Australia) against 5 victories of Mansell and 4 wins of Piquet. The battle for the title was resolved at the final dramatic race of the season in Adelaide. Mansell who had 6-points handicap over Prost had retired from 3rd position, which secured him the title, due to rear tyre explosion on lap 64. Williams had to call race leader Piquet to immediate tires changes and Prost took the lead, won the race and got his 2nd Driver’s Championship from the hands of fortune.
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