F1 » McLaren working to cure ECU gremlins


McLaren Electronics Systems is determined to get to the bottom of problems with its latest ECU before the opening race of the 2013 F1 season.

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SkidCarrera

February 26, 2013 6:57 PM

Of course, there is no suggestion that McLaren deliberately hindered its competitors during winter testing by dropping in a bug to stop the ECUs working properly. That would be despicable, and certainly not the kind of stylish cheating we're used to from the $100M-fined Woking team.

rob01 - Unregistered

February 26, 2013 6:53 PM

If every will remember in 08 when the common ECU was introduced there were issues/bugs to be worked out. This is an upgraded unit designed specifically for 2014.

107SS2009

February 26, 2013 6:33 PM

Electronics design engineer???. The mclaren subsidiary that supplies the FIA with the BASIC ECU as per the FIA specifications can only/will be only able to inspect the BASIC ECU as supplied nothing less nothing more.
What the ECU'S were made to do/handle by individual teams only the individual teams will know (at these past testing) but when racing proper starts the FIA will also have real time access and that's as far as the technicalities will go.

richard

February 26, 2013 6:02 PM

ro. macca didnt mind risking 100m when they took the ferrari manual. in fact,it only cost them 25m!

apart from that it is not TEAM MACCA that supplies the ecu o NO risk to the team.. interesting that it was the non merc engined cars that suffered from the glitch.............

cknopp - Unregistered

February 26, 2013 4:14 PM

This is exactly what Paddy Lowe should be doing for McLaren until 2014. Let him get on top of this problem for the betterment of F1 (who wants to see races end due to electronic failures?), while still being useful to McLaren.

If it were up to me, I'd bury him in the shared technology so he couldn't be dreaming up proprietary tech while mopping the MTC vestibule. Keep him engaged in 4th gear, and ramp up the RPM's, and just lock his focus in on making the best ECU possible.

rob01 - Unregistered

February 26, 2013 4:09 PM

The ECU is a common part supplied by McLaren Electronics. It was an item that was selected from a number of bids proposed to F1. And Richard do you think mclaren wants another 100 million slapped on their head.

Durptron5000 - Unregistered

February 26, 2013 3:16 PM

I would never trust a competing team to give me a computer program...sketchy as all hell. The teams gots millions of euros, that's right plural!! Hire some nerds and get your own system.

Durptron5000 - Unregistered

February 26, 2013 3:16 PM

I would never trust a competing team to give me a computer program...sketchy as all hell. The teams gots millions of euros, that's right plural!! Hire some nerds and get your own system.

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