Monday, January 23, 2006
McLaren Launch MP4-21
Finally, the most awaited launch for the 2006 season - The McLaren MP4-21 made its debut today at the Circuit De Catalunya, in Barcelona. Test driver Pedro De La Rosa completed the installation lap today.Interstingly, the car made its debut in the interim livery, which was also used for winter testing. The car is said to be designed around the engine rules of this year, and it is also being said that reliability was a major factor in engine design. (Don't tell me the Merc guys took 7 years to find out their damn engines were blowing up faster than TNT!!) Anyhow, hope their title challenger is good enough to do the job this year. What bet on a Finnish world champion???
Testing Schedule this week:
Juan Pablo Montoya : 24th, 25th Jan 2006
Kimi Raikkonen : 26th, 27th Jan 2006
Technical Specs of the MP4-21:
Chassis - McLaren moulded carbon fibre/aluminium honeycomb composite incorporating front and side impact structures. Contains integral safety fuel cell
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 pushrod and bell crank with a double wishbone arrangement
Suspension Dampers - McLaren Electronics - McLaren Electronic Systems control units incorporating electronics for chassis, engine and data acquisition.
McLaren Electronic Systems also supplies the electronic dash board, alternator voltage control, sensors, data analysis and telemetry systems Bodywork Construction Construction - One-piece sidepod and engine cover. Separate floor section, structural nose with integral front wing.
Tyres - Michelin
Radios - Kenwood
Race Wheels - Enkei
Batteries - GS Yuasa Corporation
Steering - McLaren power-assisted
Instruments - McLaren Electronic Systems
Adhesives - Henkel Technologies
Gearbox Speeds - Seven forward and one reverse
Semi-auto - Yes
Driveshafts - McLaren
Clutch - Hand-operated
FO 108S Engine Specifications
Type - Mercedes-Benz FO 108S
No. of cylinders - 8
Fuel - Mobil 1 Unleaded
Lubricants - Mobil 1 products
Engine - 95kg .
- Pics source : itv-f1.com, mclaren.com.
Technical spec source : planetf1.com, mclaren.com