The MP4/98T (98 for 1998 and T for two-seater) is the McLaren two-seater F1 car based on the 1998 MP4/13 F1 car. The car was built in 1998 for promotional purposes. It inherited all the technical features of the real racecar, including Mercedes-Benz FO 110G 72º V10 engine, moulded carbon fibre composite chassis which was a little bit longer than in the original car. It was a huge marketing success for West and McLaren ferrying contest winners, ViP’s and even royalty around the various Formula One circuits of the world. The car debuted at the demo runs preceding the 1998 British Grand Prix when Martin Brundle drove first Murray Walker, British TV motorsport commentator and journalist, and then Max Mosley, president of the FIA at that time. Two-seater McLaren was extensively used in promo and demo runs in 1998 – 2001 driven by such famous and not very famous drivers as Niki Lauda, Martin Brundle, Olivier Panis, David Coulthard, Mika Hakkinen, Darren Turner, Chris Goodwin. According to McLaren marketing department, 151 VIP passengers enjoyed the experience. Among these lucky people there were Vanesa Mae, King Juan Carlos I de España, alpine skier Alberto Tomba, rally driver Jutta Kleinschmidt etc. One of the marketing events was the demo snow run in Lapland on 17 April 2000. Mika Hakkinen provide a taxi drive for his wife Erja Honkanen in a MP4/98T equipped with the winter tyres.
|2000||Promo Run with Erja Honkinen in Lapland, 17 April|
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