McLaren MP4-29 Launched


The McLaren Formula 1 team became the first of this seasons' 2014 Formula 1 contenders to officially release their new car.

Okay, so it was an online launch, but at least we have now seen real photographs of a 2014 F1 racecar, and not just graphic renderings. * _79P0166 McLaren-Mercedes-MP4-29-2 Here are the McLaren MP4-29s technical specifications:

  • Monocoque: Carbon-fibre composite incorporating driver cockpit controls and fuel cell
  • Front suspension: Carbon-fibre wishbone and pushrod suspension elements operating inboard torsion bar and damper system
  • Rear suspension: Carbon-fibre wishbone and pullrod suspension elements operating inboard torsion bar and damper system
  • Electronics: McLaren Applied Technologies. Including chassis control, engine control, data acquisition, alternator, sensors, data analysis and telemetry
  • Bodywork: Carbon-fibre composite. including engine cover, sidepods, floor, nose, front wing and rear wing. Driver-operated drag reduction system
  • Lubricants & Fluids: Mobilith SHC™ 1500 Grease, Mobilith SHC™ 220 Grease, Mobil SHC™ Hydraulic Oil
  • Tyres: Pirelli P Zero
  • Radio: Kenwood
  • Race Wheels: Enkei
  • Brake Calipers: Akebono calipers cylinders
  • Master Cylinders: Akebono master cylinders
  • Batteries: Lithium-Ion battery, between 20 and 25 kg, maximum energy storage, 4 MJ per lap
  • Steering: McLaren Racing power-assisted
  • Instruments: McLaren Applied Technologies dashboard
  • Paint Solutions: AkzoNobel Car Refinishes system using Sikkens products
  • Capacity: 1.6 litres
  • Type: Mercedes-Benz PU106A Hybrid
  • Cylinders: 6 Maximum RPM: 15,000 rpm
  • Bank Angle: 90 degree vee angle
  • Fuel Injection: 500bar direct injection, single injector per cylinder
  • Number of Valves: 24
  • Fuel: ExxonMobil High Performance Unleaded (5.75% bio fuel)
  • Max Fuel Flow Rate: 100kg/hour (above 10,500 rpm)
  • Lubricant: Mobil 1™ Engine Oil – high-protection low-friction lubricant and coolant, for high durability and improved fuel economy
  • Weight: 145 kg
  • Architecture: Integrated Hybrid energy recovery via Motor Generator Units, crankshaft coupled electrical MGU-K, turbocharger coupled electrical MGU-H
  • MGU-K: Maximum speed, 50,000 rpm. Maximum power, 120 kW. Maximum energy recovery, 2 MJ per lap. Maximum energy deployment, 4 MJ per lap.
  • MGU-H: Maximum speed 125,000 rpm. Maximum power, unlimited. Maximum energy recovery, unlimited. Maximum energy deployment, unlimited
  • Energy Store: Lithium-Ion battery, between 20 and 25 kg. Maximum energy storage, 4 MJ per lap  
  • Gearbox & Differential: Carbon-fibre composite case. Epicyclic differential with multi-plate limited-slip clutch
  • Gears: Eight forward and one reverse
  • Gear Selection: McLaren Racing hand-operated seamless-shift
  • Clutch: Carbon/carbon, hand-operated
  • Lubricants: Mobil 1 SHC™ Gear Oil – Low traction-loss, high-efficiency gear and bearing lubricant and coolant

See more images of the new McLaren, watch the launch video clips, and play with the 360° graphic viewer to your hearts content right here: (I spent a fair while with it trying to find an angle from which the nose doesn't look too bad. It was a challenge... Let me know if you have better luck please.)

* Meanwhile, both the Williams and the Lotus F1 teams released renders of their respective cars. Lotus, rather cheekily posted theirs to their Twitter account, just as the McLaren launch got underway.

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