Compare the new McLaren MP4-25 with last year’s car (Pictures)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

2010 McLaren MP4-25 and 2009 McLaren MP4-24

McLaren got their 2009 car badly wrong and spent much of the year catching up to their rivals.

They needs the MP4-25 to be on the pace from the first race – but is it a big enough step forward over its predecessor? Here’s how the two cars compare.


2010 McLaren MP4-25 and 2009 McLaren MP4-24 (click to enlarge)
2010 McLaren MP4-25 and 2009 McLaren MP4-24 (click to enlarge)

Image scaled so rear wheel sizes match.


2010 McLaren MP4-25 and 2009 McLaren MP4-24 (click to enlarge)
2010 McLaren MP4-25 and 2009 McLaren MP4-24 (click to enlarge)

Image scaled so rear wheel sizes match.


2010 McLaren MP4-25 and 2009 McLaren MP4-24 (click to enlarge)
2010 McLaren MP4-25 and 2009 McLaren MP4-24 (click to enlarge)

Image scaled so front wing sizes match.

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48 comments on “Compare the new McLaren MP4-25 with last year’s car (Pictures)”

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  1. You provide an awesome service Keith, thanks!

  2. Is the MP4-24 picture from the start of end of 2009?

    1. That looks like the launch configuration to me, plus it’s a promo shot and they only tend to do those on launch.

  3. Wow, impressed you’ve got this up so quick Keith!
    At first glance the MP4-25 looks considerably bigger than the 24 but I think this is down to the size of the image being slightly out. Still, considerably longer wheel base and inevitably the driver is much further forward of the center point of the car. I wonder how much this (and the further rear bias due to extra fuel + thinner front tyres) affects driving these machines.

  4. Euh, ugly vertical stabilizer….

    1. yeah almost all 2010 cars are like these. really awful. but MP4-25 has a great silencer

  5. CounterStrike
    29th January 2010, 13:20

    McLaren must have been confident of the engine cooling to have such tiny sidepod openings. Shame they didn’t have a reliable merc engine back in 03,05 to have that aero liberty.

    1. In 05 they took it anyway an look where that got them.

      Kimi’s Cometlike in the McLaren.

      Mind you, Alonso may have one the championship but Kimi won the race of the decade.

  6. Reminds me of ’95 launch when Mansell says if it goes as fast as it looks ….. (then we’re in trouble …)

  7. The MP425 is definitely much longer than the previous model, amplified by the longer wheelbase also. Certainly a much bigger than the difference between the two Ferraris.

    I feel Ferrari may have the advantage here as they’ve kept this years car pretty damn close to the dimensions of last years.

    1. Not really, because last year’s Ferrari was crap.

      1. hmm, the whole point of Ferrari giving up development of the F60 was that it was so crap they felt they needed a clean sheet.

  8. I prefer last years engine cover and rear wing, but I like the side pods on the 2010 car, I can’t decide which nose I prefer out of the two though.

  9. It looks like those two pics from the side aren’t the same scale. The length difference is massive.

    1. Comparing bits that should be the same size, e.g. wheels, bottom of front wing endplate, mount for universal camera… they look to be pretty comparable.

  10. Stuart Hotman
    29th January 2010, 13:47

    Now thats what I call a sharks fin!

  11. How simular is this years front wing to the end spec wing they where running of the MP4 25?

  12. Santander is not on the ML anymore ?

    1. I think it might be on the back. I belive Vodafone have slightly upped contributions this year.

      Possible inline with intrest only though.

      1. I’m wrong just the drivers as Carl says.

        To be fair thats all money going towards the McLaren kitty.

      2. Not on the rear of the rear wing

    2. Look a little closer, and you may notice that Santander have moved to sponser Ferrari? ;)

      1. Santander sponsor both teams I think Andy.

    3. ok anymore, because itīs Fernando esponsor.

  13. I miss the black wheels :(

  14. Forget DDDs, I wish they’d ban those bloody shark fins.

    Maybe it was just my imagination, but didn’t Brawn test a shark fin on their car in Valencia practice? I never saw it again, but now I think Mercedes will also have one on their car.

  15. No it only sponsors the McLaren drivers. By the way I don’t like the new car, the shark fin brings memories of the toyota and renault of previous years, arghhhhhh!

  16. It’s an interesting design. I’m amazed right now how much the new fuel tank requirements have affected the cars at the rear.

  17. It shows that the mew car have a longer wheelbase.

  18. It’s funny that McLaren still have the no. 1 car. YET, this time it’s Button who will drive it, not Hamilton.

    Will Hamilton drive a “0” car?
    I’d love it.

    1. This only happens when the champion leaves the series, for whatever reason.

  19. The comments make for interesting reading – slightly more reserved this year.

    I remember last January on Planet F1 on the release of the MP4-24, the first comments were: ‘That’s the car to win the WDC and WCC’. lol

    1. Weal thats Planet F1 isn’t it. I’m no tifosi, infact quite the macca fan but at least I’m under no illusions that our team being British or our car looking good actually means anything.

      Nor do I anything but like F1F local tifosi, nice people all round.

      Hopefully that is the car for the championships after all though.

  20. Looks like Renault’s 2009 car

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