High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! The McLaren M7A and its B, C and D variants are Formula One racing cars, designed by Robin Herd and Gordon Coppuck, and built by McLaren. After limited success with the Formula Two-based M4A, and unreliability of the BRM-powered M5A, the McLaren team introduced the all-new M7A at the beginning of the European rounds of the 1968 Formula One season. With this car Bruce McLaren's Grand Prix team was finally a consistent front-runner, recording the team's first victory, and making Bruce McLaren only the second-ever Grand Prix driver to win a race in a car of his own construction, at the 1968 Belgian Grand Prix. The M7's chassis was a full aluminum- sheet monocoque, with a Ford-Cosworth DFV engine and Hewland DG300 gearbox.1 The M7D version also used Alfa Romeo's naturally-aspirated 3 litre V8 engine in 1970. The DFV was a stressed chassis member, with suspension components mounted directly to the engine block. The front suspension consisted of lower wishbones, upper rocking arms, and outboard-mounted coil spring and damper units.