2015 McLaren Honda MP4-30
McLaren is undoubtedly the next big name after Ferrari in the Formula-1 racing circuits. The British company started making race cars way before they started making road cars. After a disappointing 2014 and 2014 seasons McLaren brought an all new car in form of McLaren Honda MP4-30; equipped with a more improved chassis and powered by Honda RA615H hybrid powertrain.
This car marks a significant partnership between the McLaren and Honda. We all know, in between 1988 and 1991 McLaren powered by a Honda engine won four world championships consistently. This was the time when McLaren had the iconic driver in their team; Ayrton Senna, arguably the best Formula-1 driver of all time in history.
In 1992 the partnership broke and McLaren took the help from Ford and Peugeot to power their cars. After two seasons with them, McLaren turned to Mercedes, and the British-German partnership lasted for two decades. In 2015 after making partnership again with Honda McLaren hoped to win another world championship after 16 years, although that didn’t happen. However, the McLaren Honda MP4-30 signifies a few bit things. This is their first model after reconciliation and it gets power from Honda’s first Formula-1 engine since 2005. This single seater beast with refined aerodynamics, new nose box and a completely new Honda hybrid powertrain will make it to the floors of upcoming 2016 Indian Auto Expo. Well, now we have plenty of reasons to be cheered up. Yes, Honda will showcase the Formula-1 car at their stall and that will definitely become the showstopper.
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In 2014 Formula-1 cars received massive modifications externally. McLaren also made some modifications in their racing car. Earlier Tim Goss and Neil Oatley designed the McLaren MP4-29 in 2014. The British company assigned them to design and build the MP4-30 also. The chassis is built on a monocoque frame with carbon fibre composite material, which covers the nose section, front wing side pods, floor, engine and rear wing.
It is clearly visible that the MP4-30 bears resemblances with the predecessor MP4-29. The British company has refined the MP4-30 with better aerodynamics. At the front profile, the car has received a new nose section, while the front wings look revamped than the previous edition. The black and red painted front section actually bears a menacing look. At the side profile, the side pods look revamped than the previous edition. The area behind the driver seat seems unchanged, while the tail section has received a bit of redesigning and restyling touch. McLaren has trimmed the car shell a bit around the engine and gearbox area, which is an effort to enhance the aerodynamics.
The livery is another thing, which attracts the eyes. At the front the nose sports red strips, which can be seen in the cockpit and side view mirrors as well.
The interior is not very much redesigned than the previous car. It sports the usual looking cockpit. The power assisted advanced rack and pinion quick release steering wheel boasts several essential control buttons and a digital display screen at the centre. Side view mirrors can be seen at both sides, which help the driver to keep an eye on his rivals and the rear tyres of his car.
This is certainly the most talked about part of MP4-30. With the reconciliation McLaren is using Honda’s first Formula-1 engine since 2005. This car uses a RA615H hybrid powertrain, which consists a 1.6 litre 6 cylinder direct injection engine and a lithium ion battery. The rpm for this engine is restricted to 15000, which is 3000 rpm less than the 18000 rpm limit from 2009-2013 period. McLaren didn’t reveal any detail about the power output of this powertrain, but the 1.6 litre internal combustion engine is supposed to deliver 600 hp peak power while the battery generates 160 hp more.
Although in their previous partnership McLaren and Honda received immense success, but the first year after their reconciliation didn’t give them anything to boast about. Now with experienced drivers like Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button behind the wheels of McLaren Honda MP4-30 both the companies thinking about a better season ahead. In the meantime we have our own reason to rejoice, as Honda will showcase the car at 2016 Auto Expo.
- * Better aerodynamics.
- * Partnership between McLaren and Honda has an immense success history of all time.
- * Not very different than previous car.
- * Success will be time taking.
McLaren-Honda Begins New Era with MP4-30
McLaren-Honda – the name evokes stirring memories of the past; of Ayrton Senna battling Alain Prost for supremacy; of classic red and white machines dominating for season upon season; of an iconic team writing one of the defining chapters in the motor racing history books.
Reuniting such an illustrious partnership brings with it the heavy weight of expectation, but all at McLaren and Honda are working to write a fresh chapter in Formula 1, one that respectfully nods to the past, but boldly looks to the horizon.
Today’s reveal of the new McLaren-Honda MP4-30 – McLaren’s first Honda-powered car for 23 years – speaks volumes about the progressive nature of both companies. It is a thoroughly refined evolution of last year’s McLaren, it is the only chassis on the grid to be fitted with Honda’s RA615H Hybrid power unit, and it features an evolved colour scheme that firmly contextualises McLaren’s brand in the 21st century.
MP4-30 – new technical DNA in the mix
In 2015 McLaren-Honda intends to maintain the momentum it achieved during the second half of 2014, when an intensive technical development programme for the MP4-29 allowed the team to establish a solid position within the chasing pack.
Relatively stable technical regulations between seasons have permitted our engineers to evolve some of the newer philosophies explored on last year’s season-ending car while also adding some exciting new technical DNA into the mix.
Moreover, our restructured and strengthened engineering departments have gained the conviction to embark on a number of changes of direction. With that in mind, the MP4-30 has been developed to provide us with the most effective and practical base package. It is a foundation – offering up a number of new exploratory development paths for our engineers, aerodynamicists and drivers to pursue during the season, and on into next year.
The car has been aerodynamically refined over the winter, and the result is a pretty, elegant car with a refined nose-box solution, slimmed rear-end packaging – particularly around the gearbox – and the incorporation of an all-new power unit under its tightly contoured bodywork.
Honda: a truly bespoke engineering solution
The partnership with Honda is particularly exciting: to achieve success within the technical regulations requires a bespoke engineering solution that can be achieved only in collaboration with a works partner. Honda will provide the know-how, the expertise and the muscle to make rapid progress – and to keep pushing development, on all fronts, during the season. The partnership will be a work in progress, but it will only strengthen over time.
Achieving our ambitious targets will not happen immediately – winning in Formula 1 is a lengthy, iterative process, and one that will gather collective momentum from season to season – but, with the MP4-30 as a base, McLaren and Honda feel they are ready to make quick and efficient progress towards a successful future.