After the 1992 season McLaren’s engine supplier Honda left Formula One putting the end to the successful 5-year alliance with McLaren. McLaren had to rely on customer Ford V8 engine which was only rated at around 680 bhp compared to the 700 bhp of the works Ford engine in the Benetton, and 760 bhp of Renault used by Williams and the 740 bhp of V12 Ferraris. Later the season McLaren were able successfully lobby Ford to provide engines of equal-spec to Benetton from Silverstone onward. The change in the drivers’ roster was also quite significant. Triple World Champion Ayrton Senna stayed with McLaren for the 6th season, while Gerhard Berger left the team for Ferrari. The Austrian was replaces by the Indy car star Michael Andretti, PPG Indy Car World Series champion of the 1991 and the son of Mario Andretti. Senna completely outperformed the American newcomer – he won 5 Grand Prix and took the 2nd place in the Drivers’ Championship. The season concluded in Australia, with Senna’s 41st and last F1 career win, as well as the last win for an active-suspension F1 car. The scale model from the “Brazilian Legends” Collection represents the MP4/8 driving by Senna on the way to his last victory.
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