When it comes to talking about the most successful cars in the F1, the highest step of the podium is occupied by the McLaren MP4 / 4-Honda with which the Woking team dominated in the season 1988.
Driven by the Brazilian Ayrton Senna And French Alain Prost, this vehicle he won 15 of the 16 races in that tournament and allowed Senna to win his first title in the specialty with a campaign that included eight victories.
The creators of this successful vehicle were Steve Nichols y Gordon Murray, who applied some concepts that he had used in the Brabham BT55 of 1986.
The carbon fiber chassis had a low line so that a good flow of air reached the rear wing, favoring the downforce with the position of the engine. This idea had not worked in the BT55 due to the characteristics of the motor BMW. However, with the impeller Honda that changed. The Japanese power plant was a V6 biturbo more compact than the German one and capable of delivering 685 cv at 12.500 rpm.
Another of the strengths of the model was the configuration of the rear suspension which made it stable under braking and allowed excellent traction, something vital for turbochargers.
The best chassis, the best engine and the best drivers was an unbeatable combination. The MP4 / 4 achieved 15 wins, 10 doubles, 15 poles and led 1.003 laps out of 1.031 possible. Senna celebrated his first scepter with this car; while McLaren won its fourth Constructors Cup.