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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. That is absolutely horrendous. These noses are absolutely ridiculous. Even worse than step-noses.

  2. I didn’t think you were allowed any bodywork forward of the front wing?

  3. It looks agressive and I like it. The first 2012 car to be reveiled, the Caterham, was MUCH worse to me. I don’t mind this one.

  4. I think it looks badass. It’s different and I really like it. Mclaren clearly having a much bigger penis than Williams.

  5. HAHAHA!!! WHAT!? Ok so I was right yesterday then when people were saying the new regs werent as bad as they thought having seen 1 car and I suggested to wait until we see the rest. I don’t even know what to say about the front end of that. It’s.. well… umm… hahahaha!!!!!!

  6. is it just me or are the sidepods MASSIVE ?

    1. They are massive. They will hold not only radiators as usual but also the intercooler (for the turbo-compressed air).

  7. The nose was expected so better get used to it guys. As far as I am concerned, I quite like it!

  8. It looks like the thing which crawls from under my bed every night. Now I’m afraid Red Bull’s gonna have wings and teeth.

  9. I kinda like it, with the narrower front wing, the car looks less like a vacuum cleaner than the 2009-2013 cars. They should reduce the width of the front wing even further and increase the width of the rear wing.

    If they could sort that nose out for 2015, we’ll really have a beautiful car!

    Sad they didn’t go for an orange livery though.

  10. That nose looks horrendous. As far as the livery goes, this video sums up my feeling of it.

  11. That looks… Vile… Doesn’t mean it will be slow though!

  12. I actually quite like it. I think the way the wing supports merge into the nose make for an interesting approach. The other teams appear to have added the anteater nose in as a sort of mandatory afterthought, almost as if they are treating it as a separate piece. The MP4-29 looks like the nose assembly is all one piece, which has the unusual arch shape to the wing support. Looks like there is going to be planted of space for air to get in under the car.

  13. They should have added a second colour. Red or orange.

  14. Why does it have to erm stick up so much!

  15. Anybody thinking of a pipefish?

  16. ‘Ohh god its ugly’ really who cares??

    Just hope they’ve produced a car capable of taking the fight to the top this year and be much better compared to 2013.

    1. @blacksimus

      ‘Ohh god its ugly’ really who cares??

      I think most of us do actually.

  17. I think it looks awesome! Far better than I was expecting. And the colour scheme looks dangerous!

    love it!

  18. It looks weird, but kind of cool. It ain’t pretty though!

  19. Adrian (@adrian_debian)
    24th January 2014, 12:13

    It’s ugly… and i imagine when the head of the pilot will be there that thing in the front will just look like…. I just laughed so hard :)

  20. Considering the rule change, I like it.. much better looking than the Lotus!

    1. it’s the birds-eye view that kills it..

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