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.
MP4-27 TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION
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
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
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)
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.