McLaren MP4-27, 2012

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

2012 F1 carsPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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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  1. One word: awesome!

  2. William Graham
    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. 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.

    1. Banburyhammer1
      1st February 2012, 17:31

      that chunky, fat, stainless steel fridge of a nose

      I give you the Renault R29, which its cheese wedge nose. Id pick the R29 over the CT-01 any and every day of the week.

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

    1. its lower than the CT-01

      1. It may be lower at the very front, However the 2012 regulations make the entire nose section lower & not just the bit at the very front.

        See this image which explaints the new regs:

        1. The 2011 nose already conformed to the new regulations (there is a comparison picture on the internet somewhere, I’ll try and find it) so there’s really no need for them to change it much this year.

        2. @Dizzy it’s here

          1. No the 2011 nose does not, its close but is doesn’t

          2. @BBT: If it’s a close one that’ll mean they only had to make small adjustments to make it conform the rules. The nose on the underside does like more flat, so I believe the 2012 nose is legal.

          3. @Andy Looking at the side view comparison Keith posted you can clearly see the difference, more than I originally thought. I don’t disagree, they didn’t have to make as big a change as most teams
            If the 2011 nose confirmed why make such a change, they are trying to get air around the side pods this time not over so maybe that why.

          4. @BBT: Quite possible. T believe they did so to have that long snow plough under the nose, which would direct air to the undercut of the sidepods. Also a lower nose gives a lower centre of gravity, increasing mechanical grip. Furthermore, I have this idea that with the ban of EBDs and DDs it’s not giving as much advantage anymore to be running so much air to the diffuser.

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

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

    1. The 2nd will probably be the outlet for KERS cooling.

  8. Looks extremly sexy :D

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

  10. 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

    1. The tray acts as a splitter, Its been there since the 2010 car:

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

    1. What’s that man pointing to?

      1. @verstappen He’s saying ‘Oh no, they got rid of chrome rims and went back to black!’

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

    1. 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

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

      1. Ah, you could be correct on that if it is the old nose cone as well.

        1. The nose is legal, check this pic of the 2011 cars compared to Scarbs tech drawings of the 2012 rules: here

          1. 2011 nose does not confirm, on to the tech guys confirm as such, its close but not cigar, a purely placed yellow square on a tiny image proves nothing.

    3. 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. 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. LOL at all the speculation concepts on the net! XD

  15. 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.

    1. Those sidepods, from the front they look like something I’d see from the Star Wars Trilogy. In a good way.

  16. Cant find the exhausts.

    1. 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.

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

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

  19. 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.

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

    2. 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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