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McLaren present the MP4-24

McLaren present the MP4-24
A new car based on new rules
16/01/09 12:01

The MP4-24 unveiled
With an unprecedented series of rule changes introduced ahead of the 2009 season, the new Vodafone McLaren Mercedes MP4-24 represents a significant departure from its world championship-winning predecessor.

Incorporating new bodywork regulations and the much-heralded return of slick tyres, the team's new challenger not only looks radical but also incorporates a host of new innovative features under the skin, such as a sophisticated kinetic energy recovery system (KERS).

While still retaining the distinctive family look established with both the MP4-22 and MP4-23, this year's car is visually very different from its predecessors as a result of two main factors:

This year's aerodynamic regulations were framed by the FIA and the Overtaking Working Group (helmed by McLaren Mercedes engineering director Paddy Lowe, Ferrari's Rory Byrne and Renault's Pat Symonds) which met throughout 2007 in order to address the issues affecting passing in Formula 1.

The OWG's influence can be most clearly seen around the front wing, which has been widened, and the rear wing - which is now more compact. Other factors affecting aerodynamics include the banning of ancillary appendages, the addition of driver-adjustable front-wing flaps and a heavily revised diffuser.

The MP4-24's KERS device has been developed in collaboration with McLaren and Mercedes- Benz HighPerformanceEngines, which has been developing and refining the system for almost two years.
The device enables the car to recover energy under braking, store the energy for a lap and release it when the driver presses a button on the steering wheel.

With a fully optimised KERS device's output capped at 400kJ (discharging 80bhp boost for 6.7s per lap), the development team's primary focus has already shifted to further improving the unit's integration within the chassis in order to minimise performance loss elsewhere within the package. An optimised KERS package can be expected to deliver a 0.3-0.5s gain per lap.

With in-season track testing now prohibited, the MP4-24 will undergo an intensive winter programme at the following venues prior to the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on March 29:

# Jan 19-22 Portimao Group test one
# Feb 10-13 Jerez Group test two
# Mar 1-4 Jerez Group test three
# Mar 9-12 Barcelona Group test four
# Week 12 Private test ahead of transportation to Melbourne

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Team Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Unveils New MP4-24 In Woking, England

I found another link and take (with photos) on the new car...doesn't sound like the changes were to big.

Team Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Unveils New MP4-24 In Woking, England | eMercedesBenz - The Unofficial Mercedes-Benz Weblog
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I found another link and take (with photos) on the new car...doesn't sound like the changes were to big.

Team Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Unveils New MP4-24 In Woking, England | eMercedesBenz - The Unofficial Mercedes-Benz Weblog

The aero is totally different. This is a new car, with the same livery.


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Looks like it will be an interesting car. New aero for everyone to get used to.

And we have to travel out of North America if we want to see anything.

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