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    TAG Turbo engine

    I was wondering if someone here might be able to shed some light on an engine I have. It is a block and heads of the Porsche built F1 engine that powered McLaren's MP4 chassis. I have contacted Porsche Motorsports in California along with McLaren but have been unsuccessful in getting any information.

    My engine is TTE PO 1-14 and I believe that it was used in 1983 or 84. I would love to know the history of this engine as I have had it for some time and plan on keeping it.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.   Smiley


    Re: TAG Turbo engine

    Wow! That's a great prize for a motorsport collector! Smiley

    I would usually expect McLaren in the UK to be helpful in documenting the history of an F1 engine, for example...

    TAG-Banner.jpg

    TAG1.jpg

    "In the mid 1980s, Team McLaren dominated Grand Prix racing with their carbon fibre MP4 chassis and their Porsche-built TAG Turbo engines.

    Between 1984 and 1987, TAG powered McLarens in the hands of Niki Lauda and Alain Prost captured 3 World Championships and scored 25 Grand Prix victories.

    Several years ago, TMC acquired the race used parts inventory of the TAG Porsche engines from McLaren International and offered select pieces to memorabilia collectors worldwide.

    Engine assemblies like this one were quick sell outs and are rarely available in the secondary market. Especially rare are those engine blocks that have a documented race history like this one.

    In 1985 and 1986 Engine 42 was fitted to three Grand Prix winning McLarens driven by two of the greatest drivers in Formula One history.

    The highlights of Engine 42's history are listed below:

    •  1985 British Grand Prix -- Winner, Alain Prost
    •  1985 Dutch Grand Prix -- Winner, Niki Lauda
    •  1986 Monaco Grand Prix -- Winner, Alain Prost
    •  1986 French Grand Prix -- Fourth, Keke Rosberg
    •  1987 Belgian Grand Prix -- Second, Stefan Johansson

    TAG2.jpg

    TAG3.jpg

    TAG4.jpg

    TAG5.jpg

    This history is authenticated by a letter from McLaren International signed by Managing Director Ron Dennis."

    TAG-McLaren-F1_Dennis-Letter.jpg

    Motorsport-Collector_McLaren-F1-Porsche-TAG-Engine

    ...best of luck!

    Smiley SmileySmiley


    Re: TAG Turbo engine

    I thought that McLaren might be of help but I think my requests fell on deaf ears. It's too bad my family doesn't still live in Surrey.

    The few people I spoke to at Porsche Motorsports in California had no idea what I was talking about. Perhaps I should have started the conversation by mentioning the 962.      Smiley

    Great pictures! It seem that if you do a search for the TAG engine the Motorsports Collector is one of the very few that has parts. Last time I looked they wanted 10k for a race winning engine similar to the one in the photos you provided. 

    Smiley

    I won't even tell you how much I have been quoted by several people for the valve covers.  Smiley

    I appreciate your help!


     
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