McLaren MP4/24 revealed – pictures and video (2009 F1 car launches)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen reveal the McLaren MP4/24
Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen reveal the McLaren MP4/24

McLaren has shown off its 2009 F1 car, the MP4/24, with which Lewis Hamilton will be looking to defend his 2008 world championship.

Pictures and video of the new McLaren launched at the McLaren Technology Centre below.

Mclaren MP4-24 launch video

Thanks Becken!

McLaren is the third F1 team to reveal its 2009 F1 car. See pictures of the new Ferrari and Toyota below:

Images (C), Daimler

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  1. one sexy, slippery looking car. thats going to be quick.

    1. I was thinking the exact same thing. The nose looks like a bullet train.

  2. Very, very nice… The MP4/24 will again be the best looking car on the Grid. Well done guys, and good luck for the season.

  3. If you look at the pictures on I really like the pictures of the exhaust. Its been incorporated into the body, make the body look really smooth, but i think it is the better looking than both Toyota and Ferarri!

  4. Those sidepods openings look very interesting. I wonder how soon we’ll see some flow conditioners in the positions Ferrari and Toyota have added them..??

    Very much prefer the lower nose of this car the raised ones of the F60 and TF109…

  5. What a lovely looking car. I thought the toyota was nice yesterday, but this Mclaren is even better. Just have to see how it performs on the track next week now.

    1. rubbish about Ron, but i do like Martin Whitmarsh, he wears his heart on his sleeve a bit more than Ron

  6. the best looking car in that rear wing :)
    Ron Dennis stepping down :( the end of an era?

  7. I wonder if Martin will do a good job as team principal

  8. Best looking car of the ones lauched so far.

  9. I think Ron will have the same involvement in McLaren’s F1 Team that Di Montezemolo has in Ferrari’s….

  10. F1’s undergoing so many changes recently. As much as I have never liked Ron, I can respect him for having built a successful team.

    Hate to admit it, but the new McLaren does look rather nice – in some ways nicer than the Ferrari. We’ll just have to see how it races!

  11. Easily the best-looking 2009 car so far. Love it! :D

  12. Good stuff…

    1. McLaren should release more photos. I’ve had a look at their site and there’s not much there which is a poor show really…

    2. They have released a few more, all of which are above. More are expected on Saturday when they started testing the car in Portugal.

  13. A good-looking car for sure, but I really like the front wing of toyota, it’s radical. Also there are no sidepods like these in the mirrors of ferrari and toyota, maybe mclaren missed this point…I also notice a new engine cover design, it’s like a moderate solution between shark-fin and the classic engine cover.

  14. Great car. Looks amazing. What a shame Ron is to step down as team principle. I’ve been facinated by how he runs the team since I was young. Been as much a fan of Ron Dennis as I am of the whole McLaren F1 team. Won’t feel right seeing him at every race.

    However, it seemed like this was bound to happen. His wonder kid superstar gives him one last Drivers Champion, and he moves on. Still sucks.

    As for the new McLaren, once again it will effortlessly be the sexiest car on the grid.

  15. Jordy - The Egg Man
    16th January 2009, 13:41

    I convinced big Ron to use Slick 50 in order to make the tyres shine a little more…

    Did Mclaren lose the West sponsorship?

    Jordy Go West

    1. I seem to think McLaren have not had West sponsorship for a while now…

    2. Did Mclaren lose the West sponsorship?

      Word on the street is that Williams won’t have Camel in 2009 either. :O


    3. Jordy, McLaren lost the West sponsorship in 2005 due to the anti-tobacco policy of F1 organaizers. This is the reason that since 2006 mclaren cars aren’t black-silver, but silver-red because of Fly emirates(2006) and Vodafone(2007,08) sponsorships

  16. Beautiful! No doubt that it will get progressively uglier throughout the year :(

    That car looks so slick, though, my guess is that McLaren should have quite a fruitful year ahead of them. Looking forward to more car launches next week with the first group test of the new cars! :D

  17. Wow, I think I’m falling in love with F1 car design again…..

    Not too sure about the narrow rear wings and the wide front wings yet, but I’ll probably get used to them. At least we didn’t end up with the 2 separate wings over each back wheel that was rumoured a while back.

    But I’m really loving the slick tyres and the fact that we can appreciate the body shapes a lot more now, without all those extra fins and wings. Although, having said that, I’m not too keen on the mirror stalks on the Ferrari – are these allowed?

    Overall, it’s a toss-up between the Ferrari and the McLaren for beauty. I can’t wait to see them in action!

    1. I would really have liked to have seen a real life full size F1 car with the CDG Rear Wings on it… Just out of curiosity you understand.

  18. First car to be launched with a number on the front too.

  19. Really wish they’d ban those stupid wheel covers. The front wheels look like one solid piece rather than a wheel with a tyre on it – just not nice…

    1. Sooner that than the fake ‘drawn on’ wheels on the Ferrari though in my opinion. I do not understand why they do that to such a beautiful machine – it’s sacrilege!

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