Friday, February 3, 2012

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes -MP4-27 -2012

The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1 team combines the strong driver pairing of Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton for the third year running in 2012, along with a substantially revised car to meet the FIA's rule changes. The most noticeable change between last year and the new MP4-27 is at the rear, where tighter rear carbon-fiber composite body shaping has been designed to meet the new-for-2012 exhaust rules, whilst smoothing airflow to and from the coolant and oil radiators.

As a sign of the times, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes became the first carbon-neutral Formula 1 team last year, reducing its carbon footprint and purchasing carbon credits to completely offset the team's emissions during the 2011 season.


  • Monocoque: McLaren-moulded carbon fiber composite incorporating front and side impact structures
  • Front suspension: Inboard torsion bar/damper system operated by pushrod and bell crank with a double wishbone arrangement
  • Rear suspension: Inboard torsion bar/damper system operated by pullrod and bell crank with a double wishbone arrangement
  • Electronics: McLaren Electronic Systems. Including chassis control, engine control, data acquisition, dashboard, alternator, sensors, data analysis and telemetry
  • Bodywork: Carbon-fiber composite. Separate engine cover, sidepods and floor. Structural nose with integral front wing. Driver-operated drag reduction system
  • Tyres: Pirelli P Zero
  • Radio: Kenwood
  • Race wheels: Enkei
  • Brakes: Akebono
  • Batteries: GS Yuasa Corporation
  • Steering: McLaren power-assisted
  • Instruments: McLaren Electronic Systems
  • Paint: AkzoNobel Car Refinishes using Sikkens products
  • Engine: Mercedes-Benz FO 108Z
  • Capacity: 2.4 liters
  • Cylinders: 90 degree V-8
  • Maximum rpm: 18,000
  • Piston bore: 98mm
  • Number of valves: 32
  • Fuel: Exxon Mobil High Performance Unleaded (5.75% bio fuel)
  • Spark plugs: NGK racing spark plugs specially designed for Formula 1
  • Lubricants: Mobil 1
  • Weight: 95kg (minimum FIA regulation weight)
  • Gearbox: McLaren-moulded carbon-fibre composite, integral rear impact structure
  • Gears: Seven forward and one reverse
  • Gear selection: McLaren seamless shift, hand-operated
  • Clutch:Carbon/carbon, hand-operated
KERS Hybrid
  • Type: Mercedes-Benz e-Motor, Engine-mounted electrical motor/generator, integrated energy storage cells and power electronics
  • Power: 60 kW

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