McLaren Formula One motor racing team drivers Heikki Kovalainen and Lewis Hamilton pose for photographers during the unveiling of McLaren’s MP4-24 F1 car at the company’s headquarters in Woking, southern England January 16, 2009.
Today, McLaren Racing and engineering partner Mercedes-Benz officially debuted their newest Formula One Racer, the MP-424. Designed to meet the stringent new set of rules set forth by the FIA banning the use of ancillary appendages, driver-adjustable front-wing flaps, and heavily-revised diffusers, two of the MP-424’s most immediately obvious design changes are a wider front wing and a significantly smaller rear wing. Utilizing an extremely advanced regenerative braking system/boost control function labeled the “KERS” device, McLaren claims the MP-424 is able to gain an average of .3s -.5s per lap.
Although confident with in the MP-424’s ability, newly-appointed McLaren team principle Martin Whitmarsh admits the new, tougher set of regulations have proven a significant hurdle in terms of product development. “These rules have presented us with considerable challenges throughout the design process of MP4-24 but we have thoroughly interpreted all their ramifications in order to design a car we can feel proud of.” Added McLaren executive chairman Ron Dennis, “As ever, we exist to win and our target remains the successful acquisition of both this year’s drivers’ and constructors’ world titles.”
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