McLaren launch their MCL32…in orange

After years of dark or “predator grey” cars, as Ron Dennis liked to call them, McLaren have gone back to their orange livery in part. It reminds me of Manor Racing’s paint scheme last year. McLaren’s Zak Brown says that after years of being Darth Vader, it is time to be Luke Skywalker. Truly, Orange is the new Black. 


MonocoqueCarbon-fibre composite, incorporating driver controls and fuel cell
Safety structuresCockpit survival cell incorporating impact resistant construction and anti-penetration panels, front impact structure, prescribed side impact structures, integrated rear impact structure, front and rear roll structures
BodyworkCarbon-fibre composite, including engine cover, sidepods, floor, nose, front wing and rear wing with driver-operated drag reduction system
Front suspensionCarbon-fibre wishbone and pushrod suspension elements operating inboard torsion bar and damper system
Rear suspensionCarbon-fibre wishbone and pullrod suspension elements operating inboard torsion bar and damper system
WeightOverall vehicle weight 728kg (including driver, excluding fuel)
 Weight distribution between 45.3% and 46.3%
ElectronicsMcLaren Applied Technologies. Including chassis control, power unit control, data acquisition, sensors, data analysis and telemetry
InstrumentsMcLaren Applied Technologies dashboard
Greases & FluidsCastrol grease and hydraulic oil
Brake system Akebono brake calipers and master cylinders
 Akebono ‘brake by wire’ rear brake control system
 Carbon discs and pads
SteeringPower-assisted rack and pinion
TyresPirelli P Zero
Race wheelsEnkei
Garage RadioKenwood
PaintAkzoNobel Car Refinishes system using Sikkens products
Cooling SystemsCalsonic Kansei water and oil cooling


Minimum weight145 kg
Primary PU componentsInternal Combustion Engine (ICE)
 Motor Generator Unit – Kinetic (MGU-K)
 Motor Generator Unit – Heat (MGU-H)
 Energy Store (ES) 
 Control Electronics


Capacity1.6 litres
Bank angle90 degree vee angle
No of valves24
Max speed15,000 rpm
Max fuel flow rate100 kg/hour (above 10,500 rpm)
Fuel consumption105 kg ‘lights to flag’ regulated fuel capacity limit
Fuel injectionDirect injection, single injector per cylinder, 500 bar max
Pressure chargingSingle-stage compressor and exhaust turbine, common shaft
Fuel & Lubricant        BP Castrol


ArchitectureIntegrated Hybrid energy recovery via Motor Generator Units
 Crankshaft coupled electrical MGU-K
 Turbocharger coupled electrical MGU-H
Energy StoreLithium-Ion battery, between 20 and 25 kg
 Maximum energy storage, 4 MJ per lap
MGU-KMaximum speed, 50,000 rpm
 Maximum power, 120 kW
 Maximum energy recovery, 2 MJ per lap
 Maximum energy deployment, 4 MJ per lap
MGU-HMaximum speed 125,000 rpm
 Maximum power, unlimited
 Maximum energy recovery, unlimited
 Maximum energy deployment, unlimited


GearboxCarbon-fibre composite main case, longitudinally mounted
Gear ratiosEight forward and one reverse
Gear selectionElectro-hydraulically operated seamless shift
DifferentialEpicyclic differential withmulti-platelimited slipclutch
ClutchElectro-hydraulically operated, carbon multi-plate
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Tom Firth

All I can think is it’s a not very good version of the Arrows livery with less sponsors.. but as everyone else points out, the colour scheme is also very reminiscent of Spyker. Lets hope Mclaren is stronger on track than both of them.


I always think of the USF&G livery when I think of Arrows. I completely forgot about the orange livery…

But to your point, maybe it’s Mclaren’s attempt to subliminaly set low expectations…

peter riva

Lord, that’s ugly.

Fred Talmadge

Probably has the potential to be most improved if Honda has done their job well.


Hey! Spyker is back! Cool!


Fans are like… We want orange.

Gets orange.

Fans are like… We hate orange.


Looks strikingly similar to the Arrows A21. Which was piloted by Big Daddy Verstappen. Hmmm…could this be a ploy to attract the Plucky Teen Verstappen to McLaren??? I mean, to be the first father/son combo to pilot ugly orange mediocre cars??? How historic would that be?!?

Junipero Mariano

I’m speechless…and not the good kind, like you want

Are Buntz

A good first step orange wise…comment image