McLaren reveal their 2008 F1 car: the MP4/23 (updated)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

McLaren have revealed their 2008 Formula 1 challenger in Stuttgart. The team continues its partnership with Mercedes for a 14th consecutive season. The pair have won two drivers’ and one constructors’ title in that time.

With 2008 marking ten years since the team did the double, they will be desperate to bounce back from an acrimonious and bitter 2007 to put some championship silverware on the mantelpiece for the first time since 1999.

See below for more pictures of the 2008 McLaren and video from the launch.

As the team officially finished last in the 2007 world championship their cars will carry the unusually high numbers of 22 and 23. Coincidentally, the 2008 car’s model designation is MP4/23.

The designation ’23’ holds further resonance for the team. The McLaren M23 of the pre-Ron Dennis years appeared in 80 Grands Prix from 1974-8; a total of 177 individual car appearances.

It won 16 races, taking Emerson Fittipaldi to the drivers’ title in 1974 and James Hunt in 1976. The M23 was the last title-winning car produced under the direction of Teddy Mayer before Ron Dennis took over the team in 1980.

Will the MP4/23 enjoy the same success and make a champion out of Lewis Hamilton or Heikki Kovalainen? Coincidentally, Hamilton is 23 today, and he will be given the number 23 car to drive.

Pictures from the 2008 McLaren launch

Here are the first pictures of the new car (click to enlarge):

McLaren 2008 MP4/23 Lewis Hamilton, Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren-Mercedes MP4/23 launch, 2008 Lewis Hamilton, Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren-Mercedes MP4/23 launch, 2008, 2

Mercedes-Benz FO108V engine McLaren 2008 MP4/23 launch - drivers McLaren 2008 MP4/23 launch - drivers, 2

McLaren 2008 MP4/23 launch McLaren 2008 MP4/23 launch, 2 McLaren 2008 MP4/23 launch - team

McLaren MP4-23 launch, 2008 McLaren MP4-23 launch, 2008, 2

2008 McLaren-Mercedes MP4/23 (same as top image, high resolution)

Video from the 2008 McLaren launch

Photos: Daimler / McLaren

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