• Jan 29, 2010
2010 McLaren MP4-25 - Click above for high-res image gallery

Just a day after Ferrari announced the F10, McLaren have introduced their 2010 Formula 1 contender, the MP4-25. Coming off a third place finish in 2009 behind Brawn GP and Red Bull Racing, the Woking-based outfit hopes to forget last year's mediocre performance with a new car featuring a "radical aerodynamic overhaul" compared to the MP4-24. Once again, power comes from a Mercedes-Benz V8 that has been slightly tweaked, and a larger fuel tank has also been fitted to comply with new regulations.

However, the real story for McLaren this year might just be its driver lineup. With Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button behind the wheel, it's the first time since Prost and Senna in 1989 that championship-winning drivers have been paired on the same team, and it's the first time that back-to-back champs will be working together. Both will get their first chance behind the wheel on Monday when McLaren begins their pre-season testing in Spain. Hit the jump for the brief press release from McLaren and check out the MP4-25 in detail in the high-res gallery below.



[Source: McLaren]

PRESS RELEASE:

The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team today revealed its brand new MP4-25 chassis - the car in which reigning world champion Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton will contest the 2010 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.

Unveiled at Vodafone UK's stunning headquarters in Newbury, the 2010 car looks noticeably different from last year's race-winning MP4-24. MP4-25 features a radical aerodynamic overhaul and a significantly larger fuel tank to take full advantage of this year's new regulations, and its design team is confident it has explored every possible avenue to maximise the car's performance.

Horsepower once again comes from our friends in Stuttgart. Mercedes-Benz's FO 108X V8 subtly improves upon an engine which has become the benchmark in Formula 1, winning the last two drivers' world championships.

The team kicks off its 2010 campaign with a stunning driver pairing: 2009 world champion Jenson Button and 2008 title winner Lewis Hamilton. It is the first time since 1989 - when it ran Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna - that the team has fielded a joint-world champion driver line-up, and marks the first time in Formula 1 history that the sport's two most recent world champions have been partnered together.

However, the driver line-up represents only a fraction of the team's remarkable strength in depth. Members of the design team who contributed to the development of MP4-25 can also trace their involvement back through an incredible seven drivers' world championships, five of the team's eight constructors' world championships and 112 of the team's 164 grand prix victories.

The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team begins pre-season testing with MP4-25 at the Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo on Monday.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice to see a pullrod suspension in the back, ala RB5. But most likely half of the things here are fake/illegal to throw off the competition. Look at that exhaust port! They can probably get away with how they shaped the shark fin, but the front wing looks like it has some things that were shifted off. I like the straight-ahead nose, but lets see how well it does.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well they're testing it in public on Monday, so I hope they have the real thing ready.

        I was really hoping to see the return of the traditional McLaren Orange now that Mercedes has got their own silver arrow. :(
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm dumb when it comes to F1. So here's a dumb question.....why are the cars always so long??

      -Andy
        • 4 Years Ago
        the 2010 cars are longer than last years because there is a refueling ban. So they have to fit a 200+ litre (52 gallon +) tank in there.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you want to bore yourself to death then click this link and download the 2010 technical regulations :D
        http://www.fia.com/en-GB/sport/regulations/Pages/FIAFormulaOneWorldChampionship.aspx
        • 4 Years Ago
        The cars have to built to conform to a certain set of rules or "formula", hence the name Formula 1. The shape of the car is basically dictated by this formula the designer(s) of the car has to adhere to. They get to be creative within the space they can "have" bodywork though, that is why there is slight differences on all the cars (like the fin on the McLaren above) but the basic shape has to be the same.
        • 4 Years Ago
        ugly and beautiful at the same time... F1 needs to change the rules package and get away from all the winglets and crap
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bizarrely beautiful. I just wish they would reduce the front wings and widen the rear wings, bring them back more in proportion.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agree on bringing back a much wider rear wing (to match the insanely wide front wings)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wasn't it talk about changing tires to low profile like in other racing for this season? What is the reason they use these mini-rims with truck tires?
        • 4 Years Ago
        It was talk for 2011... then Bridgestone announced they were pulling out.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They use the small wheels to restrict brake size.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Once again, power comes from a Mercedes-Benz V8 that has been slightly tweaked"

      Really? A "slightly tweaked" MB V8 that runs at 18,000 rpm? The Mercedes F1 motor is not a slightly tweaked V8. It is a V8 motor built to FIA rules for Formula 1 and is not available otherwise, unless you are Force India or Mercedes GP.
        • 4 Years Ago
        He meant slightly tweaked vs. last year's motor. But way to go all OCD on it...
        • 4 Years Ago
        @hoyaCS08 - The way it's written leaves it open to interpretation. If it said "Horsepower once again comes from a subtly improved Mercedes-Benz FO 108X V8 engine." as it does on the official Formula One website, then I wouldn't have commented. The post states "Once again, power comes from a Mercedes-Benz V8 that has been slightly tweaked", which makes it seem like he's saying that they tweaked an MB V8 and stuck it in a F1 car. Nothing OCD about my response.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That is a stunning machine. Maybe not pretty, but so sculptural Claes Oldenburg might weep.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That is a stunning machine. Maybe not pretty, but so sculptural Caes Oldenburg might weep.
      • 4 Years Ago
      so sexy in a weird kinda way. that exhaust speaks for itself

      is it gay if your attracted to a car?
        • 4 Years Ago
        nope. you,re just another automosexual
        • 4 Years Ago
        yeah, it's hot, i think a larger part is the organicness and the silver. first f1 car i've though was hot in quite some time.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not gay, I'd call it twisted, or troubled maybe.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Lots of "Automosexuals" over at Jalopnik too.

        You're not alone, bro.
        • 4 Years Ago
        just don't have sex with it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice to see the beautiful wheels again, instead of those dumb aero covers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed.. those covers were ugly, especially on the Ferrari & Brawn. They had a BBS wheel pattern tattooed on & it didn't move (making the cars look like they were slow & animated from a video game)
      • 4 Years Ago
      ugly, but as long as it's fast, fine by me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Often you hear people commenting on the aesthetics of the F1 cars, weather they look ugly or beautiful and so on. I can't help looking at this car and sensing straight away that the engineers didn't put any energy towards making it look pretty. That is to say they didn't work on that aspect of the car. And so in my opinion, as result of their neglect for the aesthetics, ironically you're left with a beauty that comes from the obvious honesty of their pursuit of hyper function above form. This chassis has a sort of organic beauty, the sort of appeal evidenced in nature as a result of millions of years of unrelenting evolution through natural selection. In today's world of over design it's refreshing to see something, especially something that isn't intentionally bio-mimetic, and instinctively sense this. This applies even more so in the motor-sports world where often some sacrifice in performance is made for the sake of style.

      To me this obvious disregard for aesthetics in an attempt to make the most functional and fastest F1 car surfaces as a sort of naked honesty that imbues the car with a kind of visual duality. At this point ofcourse we don't know if this car will be the seasons best or its worst. However, we can be sure it is a total product of the wind tunnel, telemetry readings etc. etc. Consequently what we have is a reminder in design and, dare I say even humanity, about what makes something truely truely beautiful. And that is, if you strive above all else to obtain the highest levels of efficiency and performance, making optimal use of every one of your available resources to achieve something special, simply from your efforts alone, you will on some level have succeeded.

      If ever it were possible for a machine to have inner-beauty and also manage to display it on the outside the MP4-25 does it; and without even starting the engine. In my opinion this years chassis serves as a statement on true beauty.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is seriously going to be an AWESOME season. Can't wait to see what Adrian Newey is going to do with the Red Bull.
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