Dan Thorn profile picture Dan Thorn 2 years ago 1

Watch This Amazing Time-Lapse Of McLaren Building Alonso's IndyCar

Here's how McLaren built Fernando Alonso's IndyCar ready for this year's Indy 500, all condensed into one handy time-lapse video

Remind me later

McLaren and Fernando Alonso are going all-out for the Indy 500 win this year, which has even meant a dedicated IndyCar team building his car at the team’s base in Woking. Since IndyCar is a spec-series with just one chassis manufacturer, that meant the team received all the chassis components (including the 2.2-litre, twin-turbo Chevrolet V6) and had to assemble them into a complete Dallara DW12 like the world’s greatest Tamiya kit.

McLaren filmed the whole thing and has released the build as this fascinating time-lapse video, in which the No.66 car goes from a bare monocoque and engine to a complete car in less than a minute.


This year marks the second time that the double world champion will tackle the Indy 500 after a stellar debut in 2017 saw him compete at the front until he suffered an engine failure towards the end of the race.

If Alonso is victorious in the 2019 race it’ll be a rather special moment as he’ll become just the second driver in history to win motorsport’s fabled triple crown - wins at the Monaco Grand Prix, 24 Hours of Le Mans and Indy 500 - after Graham Hill become the first to achieve the feat back in 1972.

A version of this article was originally published on WTF1