McLaren MP4-28 and MP4-27 compared

2013 F1 season

McLaren MP4-27 and MP4-28 (side)McLaren’s MP4-28 is outwardly similar to its predecessor but the differences between the two run deeper than might seem immediately apparent.

McLaren managing director Jonathan Neale said the team considered starting the new season with a development of last year’s car, which ended the year as the quickest in the field.

But McLaren believe the MP4-28 will give them better scope for development:

“The hard part is looking at the regulations when you’ve got an evolutionary set of changes, relatively small, do you play conservatively and take your old car and just keep going at that development rate? Or do you do something more ambitious and then recognise you’ve got to split the resources somewhere

McLaren MP4-27 and MP4-28 (top)“On this occasion we’ve chosen to be ambitious. Looking at the car in thirds we couldn’t have done that front end on this year’s car we couldn’t have done this middle piece or the treatment at the rear end so it was going to be a step. And there’s some risk and some effort in that.

“But we believe that rather than run out of gas by the middle of the season that opens up much greater development opportunity to us. That’s what we’ve staked it on and so far the results are very promising. So I’m looking forward to the coming season.”

The MP4-27 was launched with a low, sloping nose but this was replaced with a taller version after four races. McLaren also introduced a new front wing design at the penultimate race of 2012 but the launch car seen today was sporting the previous design.

It is common practice for teams to present their new cars in earlier aerodynamic specifications. Neale said the car will be revised in time for the later tests at the Circuit de Catalunya.

“We know it’s not the fastest car we can make. The car we will take to Barcelona is a good step forwards. There is still plenty of time for us to invent things both in design and in aerodynamics for us to be able to take to Australia. And so it will go on.”

The comparison images will not have been taken from the same angles and so some differences between the cars will appear distorted.

More pictures and video of the McLaren MP4-28:

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31 comments on McLaren MP4-28 and MP4-27 compared

  1. have there been any shots of the car without the modesty panel yet?

  2. McFillin (@kcampos12) said on 31st January 2013, 16:28

    The 28’s engine cover looks similar to the 26’s. It looks less chunky than last years

  3. ScuderiaVincero (@scuderiavincero) said on 31st January 2013, 16:38

    Looks cleaner than the -27. Subtly cleaner. A huge emphasis on subtle.

  4. Mallesh Magdum (@malleshmagdum) said on 31st January 2013, 16:39

    I wont comment on a new Mclaren until the first test where we can see the race-spec model

  5. GUestingitup said on 31st January 2013, 16:45

    Wouldn’t it have made more sense to compare 28 with the 27 at the end of last season?

    • Dphect (@dphect) said on 31st January 2013, 17:29

      That would be good, but the teams don’t do shots like these with their final end of season version. So it would be a little difficult to do a mirrored comparison like the one above.

      At least I think that’s the reason!

  6. PieLighter (@pielighter) said on 31st January 2013, 16:53

    Anyone notice the TAG logo on the rear wing? I didn’t know they still sponsored McLaren.

  7. nidzovski (@nidzovski) said on 31st January 2013, 16:57

    My favorite part of the pre-season. Nobody does better comparison than Keith! Thanks man :)

  8. HoHum (@hohum) said on 31st January 2013, 17:17

    If the photos are proportionally correct it may be that the replacement for Lewis was chosen by shoe size!

  9. robfff said on 31st January 2013, 17:45

    Looks like its going to be a quick car!

  10. sato113 (@sato113) said on 31st January 2013, 18:00

    i hope the car isnt fast. mclaren really messed up last year for hamilton. hope they dont suddenly get things on track after hamilton has left.

  11. Master firelee (@master-firelee) said on 31st January 2013, 19:59

    “On this occasion we’ve chosen to be ambitious.” Lets hope its not

  12. Canadatim said on 31st January 2013, 20:01

    My prediction: This is the most ambitious design we’ll see this year, including Red Bull. It’s different in many fundamental areas than the car it replaces.

    • JCost (@jcost) said on 1st February 2013, 7:08

      I’m expecting a BRAND NEW Mercedes, can’t predict whether is will perform well or not, but I think they will try hard.

  13. BarnstableD (@barnstabled) said on 31st January 2013, 20:55

    Wonder why the front and rear wheel rims are different.

    • panache (@panache) said on 31st January 2013, 22:27


      I was immediately interested in the wheels when they were uncovered as they look very intricate. In the build up coverage before the launch, Jonathan Neale mentioned that one of Mclarens priorities is to get on top of understanding the tyre performance and wheel design would surely factor into that. Sam Michael’s drive for faster and more consistent pitstops would also have an influence. Even the wheel nuts are different on each axle in the launch pictures.

  14. Mark McDonald said on 1st February 2013, 2:52

    Sorry, but to me the car looks no different than any previous Vodafone McLaren. It’s a tired livery. Best of luck to Perez.

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