McLaren release their new 2016 challenger.
Fernando Alonso (#14) said:
“The start of a new season is always a special feeling, characterised by a lot of anticipation for the year ahead. This year is no different: I’m excited and raring to go.
“Last year the spotlight was very much on McLaren-Honda as we embarked on the first year of our renewed partnership. It was a tricky season for all of us, but we learned a hell of a lot.
“Likewise, it’s been a very productive winter for me. I’ve been training extremely hard, as usual, but also enjoying time with my family, and keeping tabs on all the hard work going on at the McLaren Technology Centre, Woking, where the McLaren guys have been doing an incredible job to get everything ready in time. The Honda boys have been working flat-out in Sakura, too.
“The aero package shows fantastic attention to detail. The whole car is beautiful in fact – it’s particularly nicely packaged from an aerodynamic point of view as I say – and I’m 100 per cent ready for the challenge ahead.”
Jenson Button (#22) said:
“I really can’t wait to take the wheel of the new MP4-31 tomorrow. All Formula 1 drivers need a winter break, but I’m massively excited to get started on the 2016 season now, and I have to say the brand-new McLaren-Honda MP4-31 really looks the part.
“Moreover, having spent quite a bit of time at the McLaren Technology Centre recently, I can tell you that there’s a huge amount of palpable positive energy there at the moment, despite the challenging yet steep learning curve we all travelled along in 2015.
“In fact, the immense amount of sheer hard work that has gone into the development of the MP4-31 over the winter makes me immensely proud, and consequently I go into the new season with even more motivation and belief.
“Despite the ups and downs we saw last year, there were steady improvements all year long, and that gives us confidence in the design direction we’re taking. There are a lot of positives we can build on, and a strong platform to take forward. I’m not about to make any over-optimistic predictions – Formula 1 is far too unpredictable for me to do that – but, from what I’ve seen so far, the aero detailing on the car looks fantastic, and I’m really looking forward to beginning the process of testing those new innovations when I get behind the wheel tomorrow.”
Ron Dennis (Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Technology Group) said:
“As we embark on the second year of our renewed McLaren-Honda partnership, all of us remain united in our purpose. That purpose is to develop our team towards our shared ambition: to win.
“We’ll make no predictions as to when those wins will come, but I can say without fear of contradiction that every member of our team has worked with truly relentless dedication over the past few months. The result is that MP4-31’s developmental trajectory has been usefully steepened over the winter, and I’m consequently very proud of our team’s efforts.
“We remain resolute in our commitment to our goals, and we maintain an indefatigable commitment to the winning potential of a full works team. Believe me: the full works backing of a multinational automotive manufacturer is the only platform from which real success in modern Formula 1 can be achieved. As McLaren-Honda, therefore, we’ve vowed to work together, and to win together, and that determination has become further cemented as our relationship has deepened through the shared challenges we faced last year.
“We have the best driver line-up in the sport. We have an engineering team that has been meticulously hand-picked, restructured, guided and inspired; the blend of technical skill-sets and attitudinal mind-sets we now possess are fit-for-purpose and state-of-the-art. And, thanks to the relationships we’ve nurtured with a hugely impressive roster of loyal and powerful partners, our commercial position is equally robust.”
|Monocoque||Carbon-fibre composite, incorporating driver controls and fuel cell|
|Safety structures||Cockpit 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|
|Bodywork||Carbon-fibre composite, including engine cover, sidepods, floor, nose, front wing and rear wing with driver-operated drag reduction system|
|Front suspension||Carbon-fibre wishbone and pushrod suspension elements operating inboard torsion bar and damper system|
|Rear suspension||Carbon-fibre wishbone and pullrod suspension elements operating inboard torsion bar and damper system|
|Weight||Overall vehicle weight 702kg (including driver, excluding fuel)|
|Weight distribution between 45.5% and 46.5%|
|Electronics||McLaren Applied Technologies. Including chassis control, power unit control, data acquisition, sensors, data analysis and telemetry|
|Instruments||McLaren Applied Technologies dashboard|
|Greases & Fluids||Mobilith SHC™ 1500 Grease – High temperature drive-shaft tripod lubrication|
|Mobilith SHC™ 220 Grease – Low rolling resistance ceramic wheel bearing lubrication|
|Mobil SHC™ Hydraulic Oil – High pressure, high temperature hydraulic fluid used for chassis, transmission and power unit actuation|
|Brake system||Akebono brake calipers and master cylinders|
|Akebono ‘brake by wire’ rear brake control system|
|Carbon discs and pads|
|Steering||Power-assisted rack and pinion|
|Tyres||Pirelli P Zero|
|Paint||AkzoNobel Car Refinishes system using Sikkens products|
|Minimum weight||145 kg|
|Primary PU components||Internal Combustion Engine (ICE)|
|Motor Generator Unit – Kinetic (MGU-K)|
|Motor Generator Unit – Heat (MGU-H)|
|Energy Store (ES)|
Internal Combustion Engine
|Bank angle||90 degree vee angle|
|No of valves||24|
|Max speed||15,000 rpm|
|Max fuel flow rate||100 kg/hour (above 10,500 rpm)|
|Fuel consumption||100 kg ‘lights to flag’ regulated fuel capacity limit|
|Fuel injection||Direct injection, single injector per cylinder, 500 bar max|
|Pressure charging||Single-stage compressor and exhaust turbine, common shaft|
|Fuel||Esso™ High Performance Unleaded Race Fuel (5.75% bio fuel)|
|Lubricant||Mobil 1™ Racing Oil – High protection low friction lubricant for high durability and improved fuel economy|
Energy Recovery System
|Architecture||Integrated Hybrid energy recovery via Motor Generator Units|
|Crankshaft coupled electrical MGU-K|
|Turbocharger coupled electrical MGU-H|
|Energy Store||Lithium-Ion battery, between 20 and 25 kg|
|Maximum energy storage, 4 MJ per lap|
|MGU-K||Maximum speed, 50,000 rpm|
|Maximum power, 120 kW|
|Maximum energy recovery, 2 MJ per lap|
|Maximum energy deployment, 4 MJ per lap|
|MGU-H||Maximum speed 125,000 rpm|
|Maximum power, unlimited|
|Maximum energy recovery, unlimited|
|Maximum energy deployment, unlimited|