McLaren MP4-25 launch pictures

2010 F1 season

Button and Hamilton reveal the McLaren-Mercedes MP4-25

Button and Hamilton reveal the McLaren-Mercedes MP4-25

McLaren has launched its 2010 challenger, the MP4-25.

The MP4-25 was officially presented at the headquarters of title sponsor Vodafone, with Lewis Hamilton joined by new team mate Jenson Button.

Some images of the MP4-25 leaked online ahead of its official launch. Here are studio photographs of the car and pictures from the launch.

McLaren-Mercedes MP4-25 launch

McLaren MP4-25 launch pictures

Images ?? www.mclaren.com

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141 comments on McLaren MP4-25 launch pictures

  1. BNK Racing said on 29th January 2010, 16:28

    so are all the cars going to have a blank diffuser until testing? the pics i saw on bbc showed ferrari had a blank diffuser as well. the 2010 cars look obese compared to the 09’s. the front wings seem to be the only place the designers can go aero crazy! lol. in 08 it was the whole car…in 09/10 its just the front wing lol. almost feel sorry for them lol

  2. Sweet Silver Go Brits

  3. CounterStrike said on 29th January 2010, 17:03

    I would like to know how many of you Ferrari fans out there honestly believe that the mp4-25 is the prettier of the two cars.

    • Hairs said on 29th January 2010, 23:59

      You could show the average Ferrari fan a picture of a naked Kelly Brook and they’d still claim the Ferrari looks better.

  4. Dan Bigham said on 29th January 2010, 17:39

    I’ve been looking at the front nose even closer and i’m really surprised nobody else has noticed this!?

    Take a look at the underneath of the nose. There is a splitter/scoop. These three pictures demonstrate it well, the 3rd picture showing the engineers hands inside it:

    http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/mp4_25.jpg

    http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/mp4-25_studio-3.jpg

    and

    http://www.mclaren.com/photographic/plogger/thumbs/lrg-5000-img_3006.jpg

    This is an extract from the MP4-25 tech spec off the McLaren website “Bodywork – Carbonfibre composite. Separate engine cover, sidepods and floor. Structural nose with intergral front wing. ” Note ‘Structural nose with INTERGRAL front wing’. Granted that could be just describing that the front wing is integral with the nose, but technically it is detachable and bolted together, so i think that is hinting towards the integral wing underneath the nose shown in the pictures.

    Quite an interesting feature, very similar i think to the old central ‘spoon scoops’ of the pre 2009 regs front wings. Circumventing the regulation that limits the central 500mm section of the wing between the lowest plane and a set distance above it to be an aerodynamically neutral shape pre-determined by the FIA.

    Another feature of it is that it aims airflow towards the sidepods, considering the intakes are unusually small, it could help force feed air into the ducts.

    Two other points on this, it adds a structural cross support between the two wing supports, effectively making the front wing stiffer and less likely to swing and move like the RB5 experienced last season. And also it makes the air flowing underneath it expand into a large space under the nose as it tapers upwards after the scoop, creating a low pressure sucking the car down, which Renault spoke off as a reason for their choice of a low nose in 2009.

    So all in all, more downforce, more cooling and more structural support.

    • I made a reply about that about 2pm – it’s a fascinating addition!

      • Scribe said on 29th January 2010, 18:37

        I think you could just about get away with calling that innovative no?

        Still I don’t know why they’ve announced it like this. Sureley the other teams will have noticed and will be designing they’re own as we speak.

    • fantasticplanet said on 29th January 2010, 19:09

      Dan, I think noone mentioned it because it’s the williams f31 snow plow splitter under the nose.

      • Dan Bigham said on 29th January 2010, 20:37

        Yea I’ve just looked into that. Still it’s definetely bigger and considering it’s been built as an integral part of the design (I’d have thought so anyway) then it should work effectively. On the whole though the design of the car is very developed and intricate.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 29th January 2010, 23:53

      I must’ve missed Neil’s reply earlier, but I think this is a really interesting feature on the car. We’ve got the vertical black elements either side of the nose, the splitter that Dan mentions, and what looks like the mandatory camera mountings very low to the ground (correct me if I’m wrong). That whole area looks very highly developed.

      Plus the air intakes for the brakes which overlap across the inside of the wheels. Very intricate design work.

      • John Beamer (@john-beamer) said on 30th January 2010, 3:48

        Yup – it’s effectively a more developed version of the Williams’ snow plough. Sitting at that height it is above the bargeboard exclusion zone. It has two functions – create low pressure below the nose and divert air to the sidepods.

        You’ve got to be quite careful about what you do under the nose because that is the easiest way to trash the airflow to the floor.

  5. Younger Hamilton said on 29th January 2010, 18:15

    The Santander stickers are gone i thought they extended their Partnership with Mclaren Despite signing a 5 year deal with Ferrari

  6. Scribe said on 29th January 2010, 18:56

    I’ve just noticed something. The back wing doesn’t have a sponser, surley thats one of the most veiwed areas in f1, sometimes one of the most iconic.

    Sureley they’ll find someone willing to print a name for cash on what is likely to be a race winning rearwing.

  7. It looks like last year’s Renault.

  8. Oh, sex on wheels!!! What a beautiful car. I wish mine looked like that. I know no boot or cd/radio but WOW!!!!!

  9. The most radical design car since the Williams of 2004!

  10. sato113 said on 30th January 2010, 2:32

    i’m glad it’s got #1 on it. :)

  11. Inc0mmunicado said on 30th January 2010, 4:31

    I dont think they know if they will really run the shark fin.. I dont think an area that large goes blank on a high profile teams car. They have all the space back there for the merc logo and look where it ended up..its as if they placed the logos for a more traditional airbox/engine cover.

  12. rabbit said on 30th January 2010, 5:11

    Thats really beautiful !

    By the way , what’s wrong with the forum ? I’ve been getting this error message –
    ERROR: Could not establish a database connection

  13. MercFan said on 30th January 2010, 5:19

    People are deceived by MP4-25 paint job. The car itself looks rather hideous. “Silver Arrow” only belongs to Merc and they better change it next year.

  14. Paige said on 30th January 2010, 5:29

    This is a very interesting design. Whitmarsh wasn’t kidding when he said it was.

    I think it’s interesting that they covered the rear diffuser area. Macca is making big deal about the fact that they have an “extreme solution” for the diffuser, so they probably think they have something that will give them an advantage and don’t want to reveal it.

    Someone mentioned the bits under the front wing. I find this part interesting; they look like “front” diffusers, if you will. This could be a very advantageous thing to have on the car that could correct for some of the rule changes pushing the car in a direction taking away front grip and pushing the grip balance toward the rear.

    Whereas Ferrari look like they’ve copied the Red Bull nose, McLaren look to me like they’ve taken Brawn’s front nose and raised it.

  15. Mystic said on 30th January 2010, 5:57

    1st of all I am a Mclaren fan.. And I became a fan because of all the beautifull cars they always created.. But I must say this is the most uglyest silver truck I have ever seen.. The engine cover looks like a giant piece of nothingness.. And yes the car actually look slow.. So we will have to see on monday if this car is fast & innovative or just plain ugly & slow.. Good luck Mclaren ; )

  16. David said on 30th January 2010, 10:48

    Now I see that exhaust are directed towards the back, not laterally as it appeared. Thnaks for this great pictures.

  17. that is one ugly looking car

  18. Has any1 taken a look at the joining end of the fin? It is not straight but rather zig-zag finely covered with the red paint …… only God knows what that supposed to entail :)

  19. This car looks sick

  20. UncleJingo said on 30th January 2010, 17:45

    Team Britian has launched. (Clearly I’m ignoring the minor factor of the engine)

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