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

  2. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 24th January 2014, 12:05

    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.

  3. Miko-Jarvinen (@miko-jarvinen) said on 24th January 2014, 12:08

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

  4. Lucas Wilson (@full-throttle-f1) said on 24th January 2014, 12:08

    Why does it have to erm stick up so much!

  5. matt90 (@matt90) said on 24th January 2014, 12:09

    Anybody thinking of a pipefish?

  6. Aden (@blacksimus) said on 24th January 2014, 12:09

    ‘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.

  7. Lockie said on 24th January 2014, 12:11

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

    love it!

  8. Ian W said on 24th January 2014, 12:12

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

  9. Adrian (@adrian_debian) said on 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 :)

  10. nemo87 (@nemo87) said on 24th January 2014, 12:14

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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