McLaren and Ferrari’s 2010 cars side-by-side (Pictures)

2010 Ferrari F10 and McLaren MP4-25

2010 Ferrari F10 and McLaren MP4-25 (click to enlarge)

The McLaren MP4-25 has been launched today.

So now we can see how it compares to arch-rival Ferrari’s 2010 car, the F10, which was launched yesterday.

Have a look at the two cars side-by-side in these pictures to see how two of F1′s powerhouse teams have tackled the 2010 regulations.

The different zooms used on the photographs makes it difficult to compare dimensions accurately, and makes the MP4-25 look much longer than the F10.

Right

2010 Ferrari F10 and McLaren MP4-25 (click to enlarge)

2010 Ferrari F10 and McLaren MP4-25 (click to enlarge)

Image scaled so rear wheel sizes match

Front

2010 Ferrari F10 and McLaren MP4-25 (click to enlarge)

2010 Ferrari F10 and McLaren MP4-25 (click to enlarge)

2010 Ferrari F10 and McLaren MP4-25 (click to enlarge)

2010 Ferrari F10 and McLaren MP4-25 (click to enlarge)

Images scaled so front wing sizes match

Images (C) www.mclaren.com / Ferrari spa

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138 comments on McLaren and Ferrari’s 2010 cars side-by-side (Pictures)

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  1. Rob Wilson said on 29th January 2010, 12:57

    If the McLaren had the new Ferrari nose i think it would be perfect, but the MP4-25 is such a beaut.

    • MigueLP said on 30th January 2010, 12:02

      this years mclaren has ferraris tear drop radiators longer and thiner. is this caused by the new regulations? mclaren and ferrari are very similar the only differences are the front and rear wings and diffuser still a secret

    • Mirros are different, in MP4-P25 looks more aerodynamic!

  2. Wow, the MP4-25 wheelbase is a lot longer, isn’t it — looks like an extra 20 cm or so on the Ferrari, which would be well over a foot longer than the MP4-24… Hope that works out.

    • three4three said on 29th January 2010, 13:04

      If you read what Keith wrote “The different zooms used on the photographs makes it difficult to compare dimensions accurately” you’ll realise that the two images are of slightly different size so the difference between the MP4-25 and the F10 won’t be quite so pronounced. You’re right tho, it’s a lot bigger than MP4-24.

    • sato113 said on 29th January 2010, 14:37

      and the 2 photos were taken at slightly different perspectives.

  3. Macca said on 29th January 2010, 12:58

    The McLaren has much squarer side pods. These 2010 cars make the 2009 cars look like babys. They look awesome.

    • Bertie said on 29th January 2010, 16:20

      If you notice aswell the side pods on the ferrari are wider than the mclaren’s. This will mean it will punch a bigger hole in the air and in theory and will have more drag.

      • Brad D said on 29th January 2010, 18:08

        The picture of the McLaren is taken from a much closer distance than the Ferrari. Look at the size of the noses compared to the size of the rear wings. You can also see the inside of the wheels on the McLaren.

  4. CounterStrike said on 29th January 2010, 13:07

    McLaren must have been confident of the engine cooling to have such tiny sidepod openings.

    • Brad D said on 29th January 2010, 18:10

      I think it’s just the wide angle lens and the close distance to the camera that makes it look that way. See my comment above.

  5. captain caveman said on 29th January 2010, 13:08

    Interesting to see if the MP2-25 has symmetrical exhaust outlets this year. Although will only see this from a birds eye view as last year the sizes differed.

    Both cars are still beautiful, they were both last year and both off the pace at the beginning :-).. lets see how they perform in the next few weeks

  6. Mclaren look to have really worked on that rear downforce. No KERS this year. What a fantastic season we have to look forward to.

  7. The wheels are of standard size, right? In that case one could re-zoom one of the pictures so that the wheels become identical in size, and then comparisons could be made between the two cars.

    • hedgey (@hedgey) said on 29th January 2010, 13:50

      I had the same idea!… had a quick go at scaling the MP425 down (to 95%) based on wheel size:

      http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2731/4313134099_0df9e445fe_o.jpg

      • nice job hedgey, interesting how on your link pics the ferrari looks like the longer car, although it’s actually all down to the long nose.

      • qazuhb said on 29th January 2010, 14:04

        As Keith tried to explain, different “zooms” (technically focal lengths) were used to photograph the two cars, the Ferrari more on the “telephoto” type of lens, the McLaren more on the “wide angle” type. This results in a different apparent perspective in the two photos, the McLaren being seen as if it was much “bigger”. Think of it as how an ant would see the McL, or perhaps how you would see it if it were twenty meters long. As a result, its sidepod holes seem smaller (because they are “farther away”) and its front wings seem bigger. Remember, it’s only an effect of the lens being used. To be able to make a fair comparison, both cars should be photographed with the same camera and from the same point of view. Hope this makes sense…

        • qazuhb said on 29th January 2010, 14:06

          This perspective effect can be seen more dramatically on the front views, but it affects the side views, too.

        • Ah, I stand corrected. Thanks for the explanation! As hedgey’s rescaling shows, I guess we can’t know for sure which car is longer.

  8. Dougie said on 29th January 2010, 13:15

    Comparing things like the diameter of the wheels, and the length of the bottom of the front wing endplate, and the mount for the universal camera (which you would expect to be the same size on all cars) it looks like you’ve got the comparable sizes of the car pretty much accurate Keith.

    Certainly not a difference big enough to explain the much further forward front axle on the MP425 anyway. The cockpit is every so slightly further forward on the McLaren also. Could it be they’ve had to move the front wheels forward to fit in Button, who seems considerably taller than Hamilton (in the Photos anyway), not such a problem for Ferrari with Alonso & Massa.

    Love what they’ve done with the exhausts, not a big fan of Shark-fins though. Will be interesting to see how it copes around Monaco.

  9. GeeMac said on 29th January 2010, 13:15

    The MP4-25 has a much more complex front wing, I’m expecting a much more complex design from Ferrari come Bahrain.

    • Giuliano Vilela said on 29th January 2010, 13:42

      I remember it being said that the front wing presented by Ferrari yesterday is the ’09 model.

  10. grant said on 29th January 2010, 13:19

    will those exhausts that are close to the rear tires maybe induce tyre blistering and back fire. I see temps higher than 100 degrees will cause lots of blistering

  11. Megatetsu said on 29th January 2010, 13:26

    When you looks at an angle from above you can see that the body gets very narrow, so in reality the exhaust will exit more in line with the back wing (I think) The side view is deceptive and looks the exhaust exits in front of the wheel.

  12. CounterStrike said on 29th January 2010, 13:28

    Ok, I see a lot of you guys singing praises of the mp4-25′s beauty. I just wanna know what sets this car apart from the F10. I just don’t seem to find any “Radical” differences visually.

    I think both the cars look average, as a matter of fact all post 2008 cars.

    Its a new car agreed, but what actually makes people to think its radical? I see it as an evolution of last years car really.

    The last real Radical car ever to be designed in Formula one was a mclaren mp4-18, that never made it to the race tracks & its successor mp4-19 failed miserably.

    So plz explain why you guys sing praises of this particular car?

    BTW I am a complete Mclaren fan.

    • RDJEHV said on 29th January 2010, 13:35

      engine is more to the back, they say it is driver, fueltank then engine now. very square sidepods and a strange sharkfin cooling device. the rest is evolution or stolen from other cars

    • Tango said on 29th January 2010, 13:42

      It may be the shark fin.

      I personnally think it looks quite agressive.

    • Tombong said on 29th January 2010, 13:53

      I’ve been wondering the same here CounterStrike. The ‘radical’ statement really makes me trying hard to spot them visually.

    • Hallard said on 29th January 2010, 21:52

      Ummm…errr…I guess you could describe the Front Wing endplate design on the mclaren as radical, but I think that might be reaching. Its just hard not to get caught up in the excitement and anticipation of the forthcoming season.

      On a side note I would LOVE to see these new cars with the 2007/8 front and rear wing dimensions

  13. theRoswellite said on 29th January 2010, 13:29

    Keith….absolutely crazy about your comparison photos, this site takes another leap ahead.

    Beautiful creations both!

  14. Gusto said on 29th January 2010, 13:31

    Notice how the inner fairings on the Mclaren allow a bigger front wing and thus less airflow into the smaller side pods as the air is more contentrated an not diverted to the brake ducts.

  15. superted666 said on 29th January 2010, 13:35

    WANT ONE!

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