Random Snap>> Take A Bow: The Mp4-27

Mclaren have just taken the wraps off of their new MP4-27 Formula One machine, with a technical presentation taking place at their Woking HQ earlier today. The new car is said to be an evolution from last year's machine, built with the goal of challenging for race wins from the get go.


Monocoque                              McLaren-moulded carbonfibre composite incorporating front and side impact structures
Front suspension                     Inboard torsion bar/damper system operated by pushrod and bell crank with a double wishbone arrangement
Rear suspension                      Inboard torsion bar/damper system operated by pullrod and bell crank with a double wishbone arrangement
Electronics                               McLaren Electronic Systems. Including chassis control, engine control, data acquisition, dashboard, alternator, sensors, data analysis and telemetry. 
Bodywork                                 Carbon-fibre composite. Separate engine cover, sidepods and floor. Structural nose with integral front wing Driver-operated drag reduction system
Tyres                                        Pirelli P Zero
Radio                                       Kenwood
Race wheels                             Enkei
Brake callipers                         Akebono
Master cylinders                       Akebono
Batteries                                   GS Yuasa Corporation
Steering                                   McLaren power-assisted
Instruments                              McLaren Electronic Systems
Paint solutions                         AkzoNobel Car Refinishes using Sikkens products

Type                                         Mercedes-Benz FO 108Z
Capacity                                   2.4 litres
Cylinders                                 8
Maximum rpm                          18,000
Bank angle                               90°
Piston bore maximum              98mm
Number of valves                     32
Fuel                                         ExxonMobil High Performance Unleaded (5.75% bio fuel)
Spark plugs                             NGK racing spark plugs specially designed for Formula 1
Lubricants                                Mobil 1 – combining greater performance, protection and cooling with increased economy and lower emissions
Weight                                     95kg (minimum FIA regulation weight)

KERS Hybrid
Type                                         Mercedes-Benz
e-Motor                                    Engine-mounted electrical motor/generator
ESS                                         Integrated energy storage cells and power electronics
Power                                      60 kW

Gearbox                                   McLaren-moulded carbon-fibre composite Integral rear impact structure
Gears                                       Seven forward and one reverse
Gear selection                          McLaren seamless shift, hand-operated
Clutch                                      Carbon/carbon, hand-operated
Lubricants                                Mobil



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SO pumped for this years season to kick off


Since when did F1 cars have a reverse gear?


@ Joe

They have always had reverse its part of the rules. they just chose not to use it!


go go mclaren!!

i want them to do a lot better this year!!


Gorgeous F1 machine as usual. I just hope it has no teething problems like last season and can take the fight to Red Bull in Australia.


As nice as rice !!!!!


Nice to see that McLaren is getting with the program and practicing evolution and not revolution with this car. Maybe Hamilton can stop crying and ramming into people this season.


Now THAT is a worthwile specs list!


I can't get over that 18,000 rpm redline, even if that's normal for F1....wow


I don't think reverse was ever required before, but it is required in the rules this year.


This machine is on mean Racecar


if you saw how flimsy the reverse gear was you would laugh your ass off, they are so fragile they would most likely break if used more than once.


Go JB!! Can't wait.


Looks like they have created an Austin Powers-like parking situation for themselves there.


Looks awesome... but come on, lets go ferrari :P


DRS on the front wing? Have they changed the rules this year?


I think Lewis will have a much better season this year. The pressure will be on Button to hold off the challenge from Lewis. Something which Lewis will be relishing


This is such a beautiful photograph. Absolutely perfect lighting and framing.


I remember seeing the reverse gear being used during a race during Senna's time, and I know Schumacer had reverse in his Ferrari's, and I seen Alonso use it during practice last season so the FIA must've required it for a while.

I'm hoping for a much closer battle this season, it got boring real fast when Vettel was dominating last season. The thing is beautiful but I'm still in love with the MP4-26's U sidepods.


The rules have required a reverse gear for as long as I can remember and yeah an 18,000 rpm limit is normal for Formula 1. It used to be 20,000 but the rules changed a few years ago.