The McLaren team unveiled its entry for the 2013 Formula 1 season Thursday. The event was streamed live from McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, Surrey, England and featured a parade of classic racecars from the past including the 1970’s M8D CanAm sportscar, Emerson Fittipaldi’s iconic 1974 M23, Ayrton Senna’s dominant 1988 MP4/4, the 1995 Le Mans-winning F1 GTR, Mika Hakkinen’s MP4-13 car from 1998 and Lewis Hamilton’s 2008 MP4-23. The final car was the MP4-28.
According to the team the MP4-28 isn’t merely a refinement of last year’s seven-race-winning car, it’s a deep and sweeping re-design of an already successful chassis in several key areas – most notably around the nose and front suspension, the sidepod profiles and the rear bodywork.
“The launch of a new Formula 1 car is always an exciting and slightly nerve-wracking occasion,” said Martin Whitmarsh Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes. “Today’s parade of some of our greatest and most significant cars was a thrilling way to kick off our 50th anniversary celebrations and also our 2013 campaign – but it’s a reminder of the tremendous responsibility everyone within the McLaren Technology Centre shares to uphold the legacy began by Bruce McLaren and taken on by Teddy Mayer and Ron Dennis.”
The final part of the parade was the 2013 race drivers, Jenson Button and Sergio ‘Checo’ Perez. Pere will take over the seat vacated by world champion Lewis Hamilton. Perez earned his spot and driving development model of the McLaren P1TM sports car and a 12C Spider, respectively.
“I’m going into my fourth season as a Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver and, more than ever, I know and understand the strengths and abilities of this team. This year is really about continuity and consolidation,” Button said. “Obviously, the biggest change for 2013 is my new team-mate, Checo. It’s always interesting and inspiring to begin working with a new face, and it already feels like a very positive working relationship.”
The 2013 F1 season kicks off a 50th anniversary celebration for McLaren.
“For me, this is a great day,” Perez said. “In fact, every day this year has been great: I’ve been working hard with my new team to get everything ready for the start of the 2013 season – and it’s been an incredible journey to get to know this incredible organization.”
“I’m incredibly proud to be a Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver,” he added. “Seeing such famous cars brought to life today, and knowing that I’m driving for the team on its 50th anniversary – that’s such a special feeling.
Monocoque McLaren-moulded carbonfiber composite incorporating front and side impact structures, and survival cell
Front suspension Inboard torsion bar/damper system operated by pullrod and bell crank with a double wishbone arrangement
Rear suspension Inboard torsion bar/damper system operated by pullrod and bell crank with a double wishbone arrangement
Electronics McLaren Electronic Systems. Including chassis control, engine control, data acquisition, dashboard, alternator, sensors, data analysis and telemetry.
Bodywork Carbon-fiber composite. Including engine cover, sidepods, floor, nose, front wing and rear wing. Driver-operated drag reduction system
Lubricants & Fluids Mobilith SHC™ 1500 Grease – lubricates the four tripod joints on the drive-shafts resisting the high temperatures generated by the exhaust and braking systems
Mobilith SHC™ 220 Grease – minimizes rolling resistance in the car’s ceramic wheel bearings to help maximize speed.
Mobil SHC™ Hydraulic Oil – running at over 200 bar and 100° C this fluid is an essential part of the hydraulic system which controls gear shift, the throttles and operation of DRS and steering systems
Tires Pirelli P Zero
Race wheels Enkei
Brake calipers Akebono
Master cylinders Akebono
Batteries GS Yuasa Corporation
Steering McLaren power-assisted
Instruments McLaren Electronic Systems
Paint solutions AkzoNobel Car Refinishes using Sikkens products
Type Mercedes-Benz FO 108F
Capacity 2.4 litres
Maximum rpm 18,000
Bank angle 90°
Piston bore maximum 98mm
Number of valves 32
Fuel ExxonMobil High Performance Unleaded (5.75% bio fuel)
Spark plugs NGK Formula 1 specification racing spark plugs
Lubricants Mobil 1™ Engine Oil – for long engine life, protection and cooling combined with improved fuel economy
Weight 95kg (minimum FIA regulation weight)
Type Mercedes-Benz e-Motor Engine-mounted electrical motor/generator
ESS Integrated energy storage cells and power electronics
Power 60 kW
Gearbox McLaren-moulded carbon-fiber composite
Integral rear impact structure
Gears Seven forward and one reverse
Gear selection McLaren seamless shift, hand-operated
Clutch Carbon/carbon, hand-operated
Lubricants Mobil 1 SHC™ Gear Oil – provides reduced fluid traction losses improving gearbox efficiency and delivering more power to the rear wheels
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