The McLaren 600LT Spider is the firm's latest convertible supercar, arguably becoming the sweet-spot in the range. But while most videos will be reviewing it, Mike Fernie dives deep into the history of the V8 engine that powers all modern McLarens, tracing its lineage back to the manic Group C era.

Driving on the roads of Arizona, we unearth the interesting origin story behind this savage power plant.

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    • Tim V
      Tim V

      Why didn't McLaren just build their own v8 twin turbo? What was so special about the Nissan over every other twin turbo v8?

      about 1 month ago
    • T Croft
      T Croft In reply to Tim V

      The cost to build a clean sheet of paper road and track engine is 100s of millions. Its race pedegree means it more robust than any normal car v8.

      about 10 days ago
    • Sub Zero
      Sub Zero

      Cant wait to see *McLaren Νissan MP4/36* in 2021 season !

      about 1 month ago
    • MrBadabimBadabum

      another idiot that makes great cars boring.

      about 1 month ago
    • Nurhan Yildirim
      Nurhan Yildirim

      I also think that the lamborghini v12 (the 1st one before the aventador) was based on a 1.5l honda f1 engine

      about 3 months ago
    • MAxx MAxx
      MAxx MAxx

      Wow I never knew that the basis for the mclaren engine was a nissan engine.

      This a very imformative video.

      about 4 months ago
    • anonymous

      forteh wtf lol

      about 4 months ago
    • Patrick2332

      Why are you doing those hand movements. Out you go

      about 4 months ago
    • Patrick2332

      Remember when DRIVETRIBE had Henry and Jethro...

      about 4 months ago
    • Strike86

      Really cool to know this story, but I can see why McLaren don't publicise it. Being associated with a world-beating racing car is apparently small potatoes compared to being associated with Nissan.

      about 4 months ago
    • Jonathan Gibson
      Jonathan Gibson

      Did anyone notice the water tower says eat ass

      about 5 months ago
    • Shaswat Singh
      Shaswat Singh

      If you played the Nissan Group C races in the older Gran turismos you already knew this........

      about 5 months ago
    • Timotheedle

      why's that water tower say "eat ass"

      about 5 months ago
    • Mohammed Khaled
      Mohammed Khaled

      what was those gay hand gestures? bruh dont do that ever again

      about 5 months ago
    • Alan Johnstone
      Alan Johnstone

      Well as clever a car that it is, looks wise i would rather own a Ferrari 275GTB/4

      about 5 months ago
    • Zade

      0:07 LOL! eat ass written on the water tank that angle was definitely not accidental.

      about 5 months ago
    • Morgan Racing
      Morgan Racing

      Awesome stuff lads!

      about 5 months ago
    • Destian Light
      Destian Light

      So McLaren can't even design their own engines, sad.

      about 5 months ago
    • Farhan Ahmad Tajuddin
      Farhan Ahmad Tajuddin In reply to Destian Light

      That saves them money.

      about 4 months ago
    • Dominik Wilde
      Dominik Wilde In reply to Destian Light

      Most supercar manufacturers don't

      about 5 months ago
    • Shaun Dewey
      Shaun Dewey

      Also I'm pretty sure i read the 3.8 was an engine made by Nissan and ran in IndyCar (not by Nissan themselves but as a supplier) and that's partly the reason McLaren wanted it as well.

      about 5 months ago
    • Daniel Anderson
      Daniel Anderson In reply to Shaun Dewey

      I would like to find more info on this

      about 17 days ago
    • Shaun Dewey
      Shaun Dewey

      McLaren, we'll sell you a 20 year old Nissan and you'll love us...

      about 5 months ago
    • Farhan Ahmad Tajuddin
      Farhan Ahmad Tajuddin In reply to Shaun Dewey

      At least, it got TWR and Le Mans pedigree.

      about 4 months ago
    • David G
      David G

      I don't get why any channels still do this...Drivetribe, when you start a car to emphasize how good it sounds don't have ANY music playing over the car.

      It's not a hard concept to understand.

      about 5 months ago
    • René Schwicki
      René Schwicki In reply to David G

      Yeaj totally agree it's like if they shoot a nature documentary and say listen to the beautiful sounds and then play Metallica in the background, doesn't seem so hard to understand that you don't do that

      about 5 months ago
    • Stigs stupid cousin
      Stigs stupid cousin

      the problem with mclaren is,. its kinda bland,. and the cars looks generic,. normal ppl kinda hard to spot the difference between 720s or 600. ferrari made a clear difference with their series,. v12 grand tourer, v8 mid engine sportcar, v8 grandtourer, shootingbrake,. limited edition hypercar, etc..

      about 5 months ago
    • Roel Hellemans
      Roel Hellemans

      Yes to understand the story you need to know some details. Nissan GT racing unlike Toyota has always heavily relied on check book involvement. They early GT's that ran mainly in the US were build by a company called All American Racing (design and engineered by Dan Gurney) so when Nissan was looking at involvement in the European GT scene is also so happened that TRW was finishing it's involvement with Jaguar. Deal was done to design cars and run them in the endurance world championship. The twist was that when TRW went bankrupt in the windup sales where the plans and rights of the V8 (contractually not owned by Nissan!). so McLaren picked that up and freed themselves from third parti supplier. Their engines are exclusively developed and manufactured by Ricardo a major automotive tear one supplier.

      about 5 months ago
    • firefoxussr31
      firefoxussr31 In reply to Roel Hellemans

      TWR, Tom Walkinshaw Racing. TRW makes auto components. I do find the story in the video and your background quite interesting. Also to note the Nissan GT1 chassis was derived from the late 80s/early 90s JaguarSport XJR-15, another TWR project.

      about 5 months ago
    • LuvRon Films
      LuvRon Films

      Makes a lot more sense now
      I just thought I was crazy 😜

      about 5 months ago
    • rob clarke
      rob clarke

      So you’re gonna claim that the Senna and 720s is the same engine as the other mclarens even though they have 4.0 twin turbo V8’s from AMG inside them but okay, whatever, keep feeding everyone false information. Would have been a perfect intro if you hadn’t mentioned the 720s or Senna. Do some proper research before you make an “informative” video.

      about 5 months ago
    • Miiiiiiiiiiitch
      Miiiiiiiiiiitch In reply to rob clarke

      Think you’d better do some proper research of your own before making an ‘informative’ comment

      about 5 months ago
    • Andrew Kershaw
      Andrew Kershaw In reply to rob clarke

      The 4-litre engine is derived from the 3.8 litre actually, there is nothing Mercedes about them.

      about 5 months ago
    • gavdav12

      very interesting, thank you!

      about 5 months ago
    • Edward Chew
      Edward Chew

      man u made a great rolling shot of the ass towards end of video

      about 5 months ago
    • Rick C
      Rick C

      *pencil case frothing intensifies*

      about 5 months ago
    • LeoVomend

      froth at the pencil case? this man should not be in charge of written or spoken words

      about 5 months ago
    • Robert Corbishley
      Robert Corbishley

      Nissan/ Infiniti -> TWR -> (Mahoosive gap) -> Ricardo -> production.....just saying.

      about 5 months ago
    • Wandi Sithebe
      Wandi Sithebe

      So all this time a Celtic Knight is actually a high priced Ninja!😨 least it isn't a burning Lambo!🚜🔥

      about 5 months ago