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

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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

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  1. Chris said on 3rd February 2012, 18:27

    Do we think the McLaren nose could be just for show to make it look nicer for the launch? Would seem strange if 3 teams of the 4 teams to larunch their cars came up with more or less the same solution to the reg changes and McLaren didn’t…

  2. Chaz (@chaz) said on 4th February 2012, 16:39

    Cool… now let’s kick some *** boys…

  3. 72defender (@72defender) said on 6th February 2012, 19:21

    As a Mercedes fan, I must admit there’s just something about the approach they took here that tells me this will be the pace setter in 2012.

    This year will belong to McLaren!

    WDC and WCC

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  5. speedboat said on 10th March 2012, 4:22

    Gracious. 2012, such an ugly litter. “Pick out the one you want, we’ll drown the rest.” All F1 cars have been as ugly as the ginned up rules for some years now, and this year the worst. We can say McLaren is the least ugliest.

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