McLaren MP4-26 launch – first pictures

2011 F1 cars

McLaren MP4-26 launch, 2011

McLaren have launched their 2011 F1 car in Berlin. Here are the first pictures of the car.

McLaren staged an unusual launch in Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz. Competition winners brought different pieces of the car and they were assembled together in front of the public and press.

Team principal Martin Whitmarsh said: “I think today’s innovative launch demonstrates the enthusiasm within Vodafone McLaren Mercedes to engage the general public; to show them that our sport is intense and exciting and that we’re very keen to showcase Formula 1 to the wider world.”

As well as featuring KERS and an adjustable rear wing, as permitted by the 2011 rules, the MP4-26 sports an unusual U-shaped sidepod arrangement. McLaren say the layout is to direct air to the rear of the car more efficiently.

McLaren will conduct a shakedown test with the car at the Idiada Proving Ground in Spain on Tuesday, before arriving at Jerez for the second F1 test two days later.

You can also view the McLaren MP4-26 in 3D on the team’s website.

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392 comments on McLaren MP4-26 launch – first pictures

  1. nillojapa said on 4th February 2011, 15:27

    McLaren is always revolutionary and innovative.
    I hope it’ll be a very good car XD

  2. wow, looks lovely and really confident with the design. i think it’s clever enough to work, hopefully it will do the job on the track!

    for me the mercedes is still the nicest looking of the new cars. if i had to rank them (which, of course i do) i’d go for a top 3 of…

    mercedes
    mclaren
    renault

  3. Rob G (@rob-g) said on 4th February 2011, 15:42

    What happend to McLarens Hilton decals? And the Polish Stockbroker company?

    I usually love the Chrome-Rocket Red livery but it does look a little plain this year, a flash of red on the engine cover would do wonders. Also I already know I’m a noob… but is it push-rod or pull-rod? And finally is that their wing for 2011 or is it just the 2010 one because they certainly developed it a lot so it might still be up to date.

  4. Rob G (@rob-g) said on 4th February 2011, 15:42

    What happend to McLaren’s Hilton decals? And the Polish Stockbroker company?

    I usually love the Chrome-Rocket Red livery but it does look a little plain this year, a flash of red on the engine cover would do wonders. Also I already know I’m a noob… but is it push-rod or pull-rod? And finally is that their wing for 2011 or is it just the 2010 one because they certainly developed it a lot so it might still be up to date.

  5. Spencer said on 4th February 2011, 15:43

    I am no expert on car design but, at the rear of the engine cover, is that not a single exhaust outlet?? If so what is the impact of having a single outlet blowing out of the rear of the car towards the rear wing. I for one was dissapointed not to see the Renault style side pod option on the car.

    Overall looks are ok, but I am pleased to see the car has pushed the design a bit further than an evolution of the MP4-25. I was in Valencia and was dissapointed to see very little difference in the F150 and RB7 from the 2010 cars.

    It has spured me on to buy a pass for Jerez with both my wife and the circuit to go and see this thing on the track. A bold step from McLaren I think.

  6. iceshiel said on 4th February 2011, 16:07

    I am no maclaren fan but this machine looks like a race winner!

  7. LucienTodutz (@lucientodutz) said on 4th February 2011, 16:49

    well if they used similar sidepod concept in the past and dropped it… maybe it’s not such a great solution… also i think that it will be banned for next season…:)

    …car looks great and the chrome livery is smashing, but my favorite is the Mercedes’s nose’job ;d it’s so eccentric :)

  8. everyone’s commenting on the sidepods and stuff etc

    but WOW is that a complex front wing!!

  9. Popular car! Nearly 300 hits in one afternoon! Can’t think why. LOL

    Most of the innards are fake, and some of the outside bits aren’t all that they appear to be either. Looks like it could be another good car. But the 2009 car showed just how wrong a good looking car can be.

    • Popular car! Nearly 300 hits in one afternoon! Can’t think why

      Because its Friday and there is not other launches or testing going on + Mclaren are one of the top three teams?

  10. Isn’t the front wing the 2010 spec wing because they look VERY similar? Or maybe i can’t see the difference?

  11. Younger Hamilton said on 4th February 2011, 17:07

    Love everything about the MP4-26,just stuns and amazes me.The Major and Interesting Innovations like the Sidepods,feeding airflow towards the Rear Wing thus producing more downforce,the two air intake system and the engine cover innovation,looks pretty similar to Mercedes’ last season when they first brought it up in Spain.Front wing is definetely the same as the last year’s updated Front Wing,what else we’ve got the new steering wheel,looks pretty good as well if you guys wanna see the new steering wheel,go to Autosport.com.Anyway i really really do hope McLaren win both Drivers and Constructors Titles this year,i really think this is their year for the win.

    COME ON MCLAREN!!!

  12. driftin said on 4th February 2011, 17:07

    Look at all that aero on the front wing! Reminds me of the 2007 / 2008 car.

  13. Icemangrins said on 4th February 2011, 17:21

    MP4-26 will get in trouble or it will atleast create a stir.. looks like they are feeding the air through that duct for aero effeciency

  14. Fantastic the Mclaren MP4-26!

  15. Racefan said on 4th February 2011, 17:58

    From the technical specifications,the rear suspension is pullrod.

  16. Looks great, looks sleek and fast, but will it BE faster and quicker then the Red Bulls???

    Side pods are absolutely stunning!

  17. stamos said on 4th February 2011, 18:36

    From a visual engineering standpoint, we all have to admit that mclaren exceeds all competition. They had the balls and took the chances to go with different design and utility elements. That shows they are poised to win this year. I can’t wait to time the car in the circuits and see if all this creativity can translate to real performance. Mclaren forever!

  18. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 4th February 2011, 18:38

    Looking at how that U-radiator feeds air into the diffuser looks like this could create some crazy levels of downforce. Everything looks to flow nicely.

  19. Bartholomew said on 4th February 2011, 18:58

    Absolutely gorgeous car !
    However, future rules should make these cars at least half a meter shorter, that way there would be more passing – these things are long as a train
    Cheers

  20. SennaNmbr1 (@) said on 4th February 2011, 19:15

    That is a beautiful piece of machinery.

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