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McLaren MP4-29: First pictures

2014 F1 carsPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Following a difficult season the McLaren MP4-29 needs to deliver in 2014. Here are the first pictures of McLaren’s new contender.

“We?ve never had such significant new regulations before,” said McLaren managing director Jonathan Neale. “Reacting to them, and managing those changes, while still pushing the performance limits, has been an extremely tough job.”

Neale said the team have taken a “pragmatic” approach to the new regulations. “We know that the need for consistency initially outweighs the need for performance ?ǣ the winter tests won?t be about chasing set-up or refining the car; the envelope of performance is likely to be so wide, and so relatively unknown, that the winter ?ǣ and to some extent the opening races ?ǣ will be about understanding the operational boundaries of the car as best we can.”

“This year, more than ever, will come down to a development race,” he added. “I don?t necessarily think you can expect the car that wins the opening race to be the car that leads the championship charge, something we?ve often seen in the past.”

“No, it will be all about a team?s ability to react and respond. We already have an update package that we?re readying for race one, and we?re discovering new things in the [wind] tunnel, or in CFD, all the time. Once we start track testing, I think you?ll see an intense throughput of ideas and concepts ?ǣ that?s the nitty-gritty that will win or lose the world championship.”

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  1. Damn, thats fugly

    1. It’s hideous! Oh boy I can’t help but laugh.

      1. The thing is: 4 grey ‘Mercedes’ in the field, this year? Hpefully they all won’t wear yellow helmets!

        1. Nico posted on twitter yesterday. His helmet is black.

    2. That really does look like a one eyed snake.

      1. @dphect The slot on the tip doesn’t help.

        1. Are they really gonna race with the MP4-29 logos? Writing Jenson and Kevin (like they did with Kimi in the old days) would be much better!

          1. No, they’re waiting to sign a main sponsor. That might mean the livery changing significantly too (I hope).

          2. I think they’re waiting to sign a title sponsor. I was thinking Durex would be appropriate.. due to the fact that they are a global brand with a history in the sport of course.

        2. I definitely wouldn’t be kissing the nose if I won a race in it

        3. At least the slot isn’t vertical.

          1. It’s amazing how they have managed to design something that looks both like a middle finger and a ……. at the same time.
            Overall I like it, and from the side it looks beautiful, if it would put some pants on it would look good from the front as well.
            But ultimately a fast car is a beautiful one, and thats not just a saying, for me that definitely is the case, that when a car is fast or slow the esthetic perception of the car changes. So it is how fast the car will be that will dictate how beautiful it is in my eyes.

        4. It looks like it is trying to tell us something… like – many snouts will be broken in anger.

    3. agree ugly as hell…

    4. I thought they said they wanted to identify themselves and differ from Mercedes. Well…that certainly hasn’t happened.

    5. I have to agree. It looks like the merc.

    6. What’s really gutting is that if you cover the **** up, it’s actually a really beautiful car. The livery must just be a launch one. They won’t go for something so boring and similar to Mercedes to actually race in surely? McLaren have always been so stylish but this is just so dull!

      1. I hope you’re right re: the livery.

        It looks like it needs “WEST” on the side of it!

        1. Rats…I really don’t mind the Williams solution and was hoping more would be like that. This looks terrible, as does the Lotus. I don’t mind the looks of the cars from the side, but…hopefully we’ll get used to this over time, but I’m getting less and less sure of that with each nose we see as they get revealed.

      1. Yay, another Proboscis Monkey picture…

    7. Would it be so difficult to make it like this?

      Also, I’d like to hear what Ron has to say about his new car’s looks.

      1. Aerodynamic gains under the nose probably.

    8. I like the new designs. Granted they look a bit awkward but the stepped noses bothered me more.

    9. @vonhoff from the side it looks absolutely magnificient ! it’s oooooooooonly that nose tip that oh so ruins every other point of view.

    10. can we officially brand them “penis cars” already?

    11. This would be an improvement on the current livery, in my opinion. It just looks too much like a Mercedes at the moment.

  2. i want to throw up

    1. So ugly. After Williams CAD pictures I was a bit more optimistic now this… oh my!

      btw, where’s the orange livery?

      1. Livery looks horrific. It was fine with the Vodafone colours on, but now it is just bland.

    2. Please. Make. Them. Stop. The. Horror.

  3. Grey can be an excellent shade. You can have warm and cool ones, they can be deep or airy…

    But McLaren have gone for the most middle-of-the-road, bog-standard dull grey. So sad.

    1. So boring. Not ugly, but so so boring.

    2. It’s the same “chrome” coulour as in previous years isn’t it?!

      I think the lack of Vodafone colour makes it appear darker thank it actually is.

      1. And the black wings accentuate it. I think you’re right.

        1. Actually, with the black and chrome look being prevalent on the car maybe the Sony predictions were correct as per this photo

          1. that sony livery looks 100% better than the launch livery

    3. @ ajokay – they’ve gone for the “Ron Dennis OCD” grey.

    4. Ron Dennis-gray. Fitting

      1. I think the lack of Vodafone colour makes it appear darker thank it actually is.

        Speaking of Vodafone, is it just me or does this McLaren barely have any sponsors at all on it? I mean, the name of the livery is on the sidepod, where typically the title sponsor is located.

        1. Not just you. Remember though, this is just the launch. There are two months until the first race.

  4. ‘Don’t mention the nostrils, don’t mention the nostrils, don’t mention the nostrils…’

    1. Oh god why….

    2. On first sight it looked like a Mercedes with a bad cold!

      1. Daniel (@collettdumbletonhall)
        24th January 2014, 15:21

        Hahaha, I like that

  5. Oh my God. Not pretty.

  6. Not sure if badass or fugly as hell…

  7. Savage! And hurray for black wings!

    1. @andae23

      hurray for black wings!

      True, they do look good. But it took a while before I noticed them…

  8. It’s weird but I quite like it – or at least more than the previous models and models we’ve seen.

  9. It is like watching a black n white movie :/

  10. Looks like they indeed stuck to the pullrod at the front. Interesting that – I think – Force India adoped it as well.

    1. Nope, I misjudged it.

    2. I knew they would ditch the pulllrod suspension!
      Like I said months ago, the low chassis makes the pushrod a better option, now let’s see if Ferrari also make the switch.

      1. Pretty sure I read an article saying that Ferrari were definitely sticking with pullrod. Cannot remember where though, sorry.

    3. Absolutely back to push rod design – agree the question is will Ferrari follow? If they stick with it, they certainly haven’t learned anything from their inability to tune their cars. Even more of an issue in 2014 given the increased attention in the practice sessions to the “power train” setup… Can’t wait to see Kimi loose his temper when the car drives like crap…should be entertaining!

    4. Ferrari ditch pull rods and go back to push rod front suspension according to the Marco debut article

    5. To be fair I didn’t understand why any of the teams tried pull-rod front in the first place. Ferrari proved in 2012 it was difficult, McLaren reinforced that in 2013 and Red Bull in the meantime ran away with it…with push-rod front suspension.

  11. i hope Ferrari do a better job unlikely though


  13. The nose is as expected, please everyone stop complaining now.. We know they may look like this…

  14. It just looks unfinished. The lack of main sponsor gives the impression of it being a “poor car” if that makes sense. It reminds me of the HRT, which is never a good thing. Such a shame Mclaren as usually their cards look pretty good.

    1. Reminds me of Sauber 2 years back. Including the horribly boring white with light gray team ware.

  15. These new cars and their new noses are far to phallic of my liking but this is the worst one so far.

    1. It’s a real problem from a merchandise point of view. I used have Formula 1 matchbox toys and Scalelextric cars as a child. Whoever would buy their child a modern F1 toy when they look like that?

  16. Chris (@tophercheese21)
    24th January 2014, 12:01

    Aside from the ‘dripping-snot’ nose, it looks decent.

    Seriously, has there been a regulation that says they have to have these disgusting nose cones? Can’t they just gradually become narrower, rather than just having this bulbous blob of cack drooping off the front of their car?

    1. The rules just mandate a minimum cross section (which is quite small) for the nose beyond a certain point. This is why we see the anteater nose extensions – they’re as small as possible to maximise airflow beneath the car.

  17. From above it look like it’s giving you the finger. I assume this is just a launch livery? Although I like the black wings, it seems silly going for such a similar colour as Mercedes.

    1. @matt90
      I don’t think the colour is any different to the chrome they have had for quite some time now.
      Chrome is entirely dependent on surrounding colours that it can reflect and since the MTC has practically no colours what so ever, it is going to look grey and dull.

  18. The anteater nose even has a mouth!

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