McLaren MP4-27 launch – first pictures of McLaren’s 2012 F1 car

2012 F1 cars

McLaren MP4-27, 2012

McLaren MP4-27, 2012

McLaren have revealed their latest F1 contender.

The MP4-27 is the car the team hope will allow Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton to compete for the championship in 2012.

Button said: “As you can see, this is a beautiful car. Many you see will not be.”

Team principal Martin Whitmarsh added: “Cars really do look beautiful if they win races. But beauty is more than skin deep and there’s some beautiful engineering under the skin.”

Hamilton described the new car as a “strong base”. The 2008 world champion said: “I’ve been keenly following the development of MP4-27 over the winter and I?ve been really encouraged by the results and the data that the engineers have been showing me.

“I think we already had a very strong base to build upon: Jenson and I won six races with MP4-26 last year and I think we?ve been able to retain all the strengths and the reliability of that design while also incorporating lots of improvements and new ideas into the new car.

??Of course, the biggest changes for 2012 are the modifications to the exhaust regulations ?ǣ that will reduce the downforce and grip that we had last year, but it just puts the emphasis on the designers to try and claw some of that back in other areas.”

According to McLaren, the new car features narrower rear bodywork, to improve airflow at the rear of the car. The revised cooling system re-directs air to the gearbox oil-cooler. The distinctive U-shaped sidepods of the 2011 car are gone, which McLaren say is a consequence of the FIA?s new exhaust regulations.

McLaren finished second in the championship for the last two years, and so have the numbers three and four on their cars once again. Whitmarsh said: “Having finished second in the constructors? championship for the past two seasons, we?re determined to mount a sustained, hard challenge for both world titles.

“Our engineering team continues to develop and grow: while the key names who head the department are well known ?ǣ Tim Goss, Paddy Lowe and Neil Oatley ?ǣ it?s the strength in depth within the department that continually impresses. I?m extremely proud of our efforts to invest in and recruit young graduate engineers and to develop and school them in the ways of Formula 1.”

Test driver Oliver Turvey will be first to drive the car at Jerez next week.

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177 comments on McLaren MP4-27 launch – first pictures of McLaren’s 2012 F1 car

  1. Chrizz said on 1st February 2012, 11:32

    One word: awesome!

  2. William Graham said on 1st February 2012, 11:33

    Anybody else notice the possible blown beam wing ? It seems there is a direct attachment, rather than the ‘heat outlet’ hole other teams had in 2011.

  3. Dan Thorn (@dan-thorn) said on 1st February 2012, 11:35

    Urgh. The Caterham looks better. This reminds me of something Osella might have churned out in the mid 80s, or some kind of F3 car, what with that chunky, fat, stainless steel fridge of a nose. Still hate the colour scheme.

  4. Dizzy said on 1st February 2012, 11:38

    Id have thought thats the 2011 nose, its too high to meet the 2012 regulations.

  5. Novotny (@novotny) said on 1st February 2012, 11:39

    The mirrors look much more stable – Massa should be pleased ;)

  6. Neil Davies (@neil-davies) said on 1st February 2012, 11:40

    Looks like they have chosen a very particular concept for the exhaust and how it blows the wing, let’s hope it’s one that actually works this time :) Other than that it does look a little, well dull.

  7. mclaren (@mclaren) said on 1st February 2012, 11:41

    Have a close look at the sidepods, it looks like there are two outlets, one on top of the other mmmm!

  8. pejte (@pejte) said on 1st February 2012, 11:41

    Looks extremly sexy :D

  9. Slr (@slr) said on 1st February 2012, 11:44

    I don’t really have anything positive to say about this car, the Caterham looks better.

  10. sibko (@sibko) said on 1st February 2012, 11:46

    Is the tray underneath the nose part of the display or is this something new?

    i’ve been trying to find it in last years pictures but cant see anything like it

  11. Neil Davies (@neil-davies) said on 1st February 2012, 11:48

    I think (and hope) that bulge housing the exhaust will look very different come the first race.

  12. Leftie (@leftie) said on 1st February 2012, 11:49

    As usual, they are not showing the real thing yet. I believe the difference wiil be substantial this year.

    • mclaren (@mclaren) said on 1st February 2012, 11:53

      Agree, i think they have a lot of things off tha car that they’ll fit on, on a later ocassion, probably testing, bet you newey had pen to paper drawing diagrams when wraps came off. Mclaren are hiding their so called “questionable innobations” that are going to be moaned about by rivals

    • Leftie (@leftie) said on 1st February 2012, 11:54

      And i do believe they are outside the 2012 regulations concerning the nosecone with shown specification.

    • BBT (@bbt) said on 1st February 2012, 11:59

      I can’t see it changing much to be honest, OK it has the stock release day front wing that they have used for about three seasons but apart from seeing the ‘real’ new front wing what else is going to change, surely they will be small changes, floor, diffuster etc, normally difficult to spot

  13. Polishboy808 said on 1st February 2012, 11:52

    Wow, that is ugly. I guess they sat down and said, ‘yup, the 24 was a failure, so I think we should go for the same this year’….. Its sooo boring and uninspired, this doesnt look like it’ll be a winner. But I’m not Newey, so we’ll have to see how slow/fast it is soon.

  14. Ivano (@) said on 1st February 2012, 11:53

    LOL at all the speculation concepts on the net! XD

  15. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 1st February 2012, 11:53

    A few things I’ve noticed, from this gallery:

    Firstly, we’ve all spotted the tongue under the nose. I’m guessing that is to optimise airflow over the front splitter. It appears to arc up slightly, so I’m guessing it’s designed to dump air over the splitter at the optimal angle.

    Secondly – and more interestingly – there is no obvious exit for the air that enters the sidepods. If you look at the final shot in the gallery, you can see the bodywork goes right up to the diffuser, with a small opening (I’m guessing there is another hidden from view on the other side). It looks like McLaren might be trying to simulate an exhaust-blown diffuser, but using the air that passes through the car instead of exhaust gasses, which is very clever. But it’s difficult to tell, since the teams like to keep the details of their cars’ rear ends as secret as possible.

  16. egsgeg said on 1st February 2012, 11:53

    Cant find the exhausts.

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 1st February 2012, 11:55

      They’re on the side, that little dimple just behind the Vodafone branding. Their position is largely fixed this year – in order to stop teams from using exhaust-blown diffusers, the FIA has limited the placement of exhaust outlets.

    • Ivano (@) said on 1st February 2012, 11:56

      On the sides, in that buldges in front of the rear wheels.

    • vjanik said on 1st February 2012, 12:00

      they are in a sort of bulge or bump between the vodafone logo and the back wheels. an interesting way of controlling the airflow around the exhaust exit.

  17. the mp4-27 is like the mp4-25

  18. Ivano (@) said on 1st February 2012, 11:55

    It actaully looks a lot like the Ferrari F-60!!!

  19. vjanik said on 1st February 2012, 11:56

    am i seeing an STR style sidpepod with a double floor?

    cant really tell from the picture, but it looks like thats how they will be feeding the diffuser.

    • dennis (@dennis) said on 2nd February 2012, 10:31

      Apparently no. The STR sidepod was cut down until the chassis. This isn’t.

    • GeeMac (@geemac) said on 2nd February 2012, 11:55

      It’s not quite like the STR, the sidepods are still connected to the floor of the car, but there is a very aggressive undercut in addition to the sidepods being teeny-weeny in the RBR style.

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