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

  1. I couldn’t disagree with the general sentiment more, I think it looks awesome

  2. Livery improvement but those drivers look ridiculous up there.

  3. Force Maikel (@force-maikel) said on 24th January 2014, 12:15


  4. Richard said on 24th January 2014, 12:15

    It reminds me of those USF1 pictures where they had a truck-grill.


  5. Bullfrog (@bullfrog) said on 24th January 2014, 12:15

    Got to feel sorry for the guy on the front jack this year.

  6. MazdaChris (@mazdachris) said on 24th January 2014, 12:17

    I reckon it looks pretty good. Shame the livery isn’t a little bit more creative, but the car itself seems to be a total departure from what McLaren have done since 2009. Looks more like the McLarens of old. Still, who cares what it looks like, the big question is – is it fast?

  7. Oh dear… that nose… reminds me of something…

    Am I wrong, people? It’s the McLaren-Kilroy! ;-)

  8. hello kitty said on 24th January 2014, 12:18

    not as cute as Hello Kitty, dat for sure.
    Me need to see it from da side though…

  9. hello kitty said on 24th January 2014, 12:21

    akilly, not bad considering mindless rules and all…

  10. Large air intakes both the top and side ones, strange nose but in my view much better than any type of stepped nose.

  11. Girts (@girts) said on 24th January 2014, 12:22

    Scary front wing, pointy nose
    Alien look and bigger holes

  12. andae23 (@andae23) said on 24th January 2014, 12:22

    Livery-wise it looks really good, apart from the red logos on top of the sidepods. But.. dat nose..

  13. PhilEReid (@philereid) said on 24th January 2014, 12:23

    I have to admit, I love the livery. There’s something about it that just works. Probably it’s minimalist look to it. It looks ferocious. And the black wings are a yes as well.

    But the nose… I mean…

  14. It’s actually good that they have a pointer in the nose so they now which direction is forward.

  15. Don’t forget that the side views of these cars we have seen so far are pretty cool. A minor adjustment to the front and they will be really cool looking.

  16. The Blade Runner (@thebladerunner) said on 24th January 2014, 12:26

    If you look at it from this angle it’s awesome (apart from that “nose”!!!) I can’t imagine that they’ll race with MP4-29 all over it.

  17. ramy (@ramysennaf1) said on 24th January 2014, 12:30

    i mean in the history of the sport, why does it have to stick up so much in front of the nose, that’s what making it ugly as hell….!!!!

  18. Nathan (@il-ferrarista) said on 24th January 2014, 12:32

    Man, – bring Ron in as quickly as possible! Something has to be done with their design.

  19. frogster said on 24th January 2014, 12:39

    Looks like that nose was designed by Ann Summers.

    On a more serious note where are the Santander logos?. I know they’ve only just announced the continuation of the sponsorship but I would’ve thought they had enough time to put some stickers on the car…..or was the deal close to collapse?

    • Deej92 (@deej92) said on 24th January 2014, 19:59

      There haven’t been Santander logos on the McLarens since they’ve been on the Ferraris, so from 2010. They were only the rear wings from 2007-2009.

  20. ECWDanSelby (@ecwdanselby) said on 24th January 2014, 12:42

    I must be the only one that likes:
    a) The lack of red – I think the livery is quite nice! Mercedes ruin their livery with that tacky green
    b) The shape! (Bar the ugly nose, of course…)

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