The triple crown of motorsport is one of the most difficult achievements in all of world sports to achieve. It refers to winning the Monaco F1 GP, the 24 Hour of Le Mans and the Indy 500. Many drivers have won each of the individual races, but Graham Hill is the only driver to have achieved the triple. However, McLaren has won all three and created the 3-7-59 to celebrate that achievement.
“As we celebrate the 60th anniversary of McLaren being founded, we of course reflect on our legacy of pushing boundaries, both in motorsport and more recently in supercar and hypercar excellence. The 3-7-59 Theme takes inspiration from both of these areas, that pays tribute to our Triple Crown success. The most challenging project ever delivered by McLaren Special Operations is a truly stunning expression of McLaren’s industry-leading paint expertise, on a supercar that sets a new benchmark in its class,” said Michael Leiters, CEO, McLaren Automotive.
The name refers to the ‘3’ race number of the M16D driven by Johnny Rutherford at the 1974 Indy 500. The ‘7’ number is from Alain Prost’s Monaco F1 Grand Prix-winning 1984 McLaren MP4/2. And the ‘59’ is from the McLaren F1 GTR that claimed victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1995. That car was driven by Yannick Dalmas, Nasanori Sekiya, and JJ Lehto.
McLaren has created the 3-7-59 edition 750S in a run of just six units. Each of the six cars takes 1 200 hours to paint. Each will have unique variations of the 3-7-59 theme. The unique paintwork reflects the liveries of the three victorious cars. It combines them into a collage containing illustrated details of the three races and the cars that won them. There are three QR codes within the livery each of which provides a live portal to a webpage detailing the car.