F1 » Reliability first, performance later for McLaren

McLaren-Mercedes director of engineering Tim Goss reveals that the Woking-based outfit will only look at bringing extra performance to the MP4-26 once it is satisfied the car has met all of its requirements

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Spies Fan - Unregistered

February 08, 2011 1:23 PM

Over the last 22 years of watching F1, as far as I can remember fast and fragile is *nearly* always a better way to start the season then slow and reliable.

The only exception is McLaren's 05 car which broke on Kimi too often. But then, the Renault that year was no slouch either.


February 08, 2011 3:39 PM

I don't belive a word. F1 is about making the car go faster. RB last year did exactly that. The car started out very fast and a bit fragile but by half season was even faster and rock solid (except korea)
The Mcl will be fast from day1 or its toast

California Kid - Unregistered

February 08, 2011 4:22 PM

I'd be very concerned about cooling with those radical side pods. I know the intakes have the same over all area, but with the radiators be effective enough in that tight package? Also the engine is more wrapped up then in a normal style side pod set up. It also looks like the KERS cooling is the Second intake on the top structure. If you look on the launch pictures from the rear it looks like there is a radiator at the back.

Rob01 - Unregistered

February 08, 2011 4:26 PM

The internals on the McL were plastic. Nothing you were able to see internally will be on the car. Secondly the KERS unit is under the fuel cell.

Alan D - Unregistered

February 08, 2011 4:32 PM

Cal Kid, good point about the cooling. Thinking about it though, the L shape of the sidepods means you increase the surface area of them, so maybe they are a more efficient cooling design. It might also be that because the air is channelled better along the car bodywork that this too has some additional cooling effect on the engine compartment. I can't imagine Mclaren would have forgotten to take cooling into account when designing it, but until we get to a hot race I guess we won't really know.

California Kid - Unregistered

February 08, 2011 4:39 PM

Rob -- I was referring the the cooling for KERS. I ould be waaaay off. I know it was a plastic mock up but the real thing can't be too far of what was seen. But it could as well so who knows. Its the radiator layout im concernd for. One of the pictures shows the radiator layout. It's angled practically in line with the car rather than perpendicular.I didn't take notice of the direction of the radiator fins though.


February 08, 2011 5:27 PM

Rob, a total surprise reading your post about PLASTIC when you were so allergic to it!
Re the concern about the side pots and cooling, I am sure that the cooling requirements have been calculated by them.
The radiators on an F1 car are not placed/positioned transverse facing the air stream but at an angle of something like 15-30degrres rearwards at the outboard end and the core (radiator) is shaped like an arc laying dawn (curved).
The rear radiator (small one) is most probably a gearbox oil cooler.
The KERS motor/generator is oil cooled.

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