McLaren MP4-29: First pictures

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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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198 comments on McLaren MP4-29: First pictures

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  1. Alec (@vonhoff) said on 24th January 2014, 11:56

    Damn, thats fugly

  2. mrjlr93 (@mrjlr93) said on 24th January 2014, 11:56

    i want to throw up

  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.

  4. Magnificent Geoffrey (@magnificent-geoffrey) said on 24th January 2014, 11:57

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

  5. msoerensen (@msoerensen) said on 24th January 2014, 11:57

    Oh my God. Not pretty.

  6. Wallbreaker (@wallbreaker) said on 24th January 2014, 11:57

    Not sure if badass or fugly as hell…

  7. andae23 (@andae23) said on 24th January 2014, 11:57

    Savage! And hurray for black wings!

  8. hunocsi (@hunocsi) said on 24th January 2014, 11:57

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

  9. sushant008 (@sushant008) said on 24th January 2014, 11:57

    It is like watching a black n white movie :/

  10. Atticus (@atticus-2) said on 24th January 2014, 11:58

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

    • Atticus (@atticus-2) said on 24th January 2014, 12:00

      Nope, I misjudged it.

    • mantresx (@mantresx) said on 24th January 2014, 12:56

      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.

    • PWP... (@indyf1fan) said on 24th January 2014, 17:31

      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!

    • PWP... (@indyf1fan) said on 24th January 2014, 20:57

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

    • 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. mrjlr93 (@mrjlr93) said on 24th January 2014, 11:58

    i hope Ferrari do a better job unlikely though

  12. Lucas Wilson (@full-throttle-f1) said on 24th January 2014, 11:58


  13. Lewis McMurray (@celicadion23) said on 24th January 2014, 11:59


  14. JoeToml1n (@joetoml1n) said on 24th January 2014, 11:59

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

  15. DaveF1 (@davef1) said on 24th January 2014, 12:00

    Oh my…

  16. D (@f190) said on 24th January 2014, 12:00

    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.

  17. Gamble said on 24th January 2014, 12:01

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

    • Sharon H (@sharoncom) said on 25th January 2014, 10:51

      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?

  18. Chris (@tophercheese21) said on 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?

    • jh1806 (@jh1806) said on 24th January 2014, 12:20

      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.

  19. matt90 (@matt90) said on 24th January 2014, 12:01

    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.

    • Mads (@mads) said on 24th January 2014, 12:18

      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.

  20. Mike Dee (@mike-dee) said on 24th January 2014, 12:02

    The anteater nose even has a mouth!

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