Bruce McLaren was an accomplished racing driver before setting up his own team, which has since evolved into one of Formula 1’s most successful outfits. A new film set for release in 2017 tells the tale of his life.

A new film is coming to cinemas this year, dedicated to telling the story of Bruce McLaren, from humble beginnings in New Zealand to F1 victories and setting up his own team.

Of course, that team is McLaren, which lives on today and is one of the most successful in F1.

Simply called ‘McLaren’, the film – directed by Roger Donaldson – takes us through his rise up the motorsport ladder, his F1 success and setting up his own team, before his tragic death in a testing accident at Goodwood in 1970.

McLaren in its historic orange colours
McLaren in its historic orange colours from the early years

McLaren’s own career in F1 as a driver spawned 100 starts, four wins – the first of which at the 1959 United States Grand Prix made him the youngest F1 victor at the time – and 27 podiums in total.

He founded the McLaren team in 1963, debuting in F1 in 1966 and establishing itself as a successful constructor in the sport and sportscar racing before his death.

The new film on his life and career is set to hit cinema screens in 2017, featuring appearances from other F1 legends such as Emerson Fittipaldi, Sir Jackie Stewart and Mario Andretti.