The complete technical lowdown on the new McLaren MP4-29, which will be driven in F1 2014 by Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen.

McLaren MP4-29


Monocoque Carbon-fibre composite incorporating driver cockpit controls and fuel cell. Safety structures Cockpit survival cell incorporating impact resistant construction and penetration panels, front impact structure, prescribed side impact structures, integrated rear impact structure, front and rear roll structures Bodywork Carbon-fibre composite. including engine cover, sidepods, floor, nose, front wing and rear wing
Driver-operated drag reduction system Front suspension Carbon-fibre wishbone and pushrod suspension elements operating inboard torsion bar and damper system Rear suspension Carbon-fibre wishbone and pullrod suspension elements operating inboard torsion bar and damper system Weight Overall vehicle weight no more than 690kg without fuel
Weight distribution between 45.5% and 46.5%
(Subject to tyre weight adjustments and axle weight limits) Electronics McLaren Applied Technologies. Including chassis control, engine control, data acquisition, alternator, sensors, data analysis and telemetry Instruments McLaren Applied Technologies dashboard

Lubricants & fluids
Mobilith SHC(TM) 1500 Grease - high-temperature drive-shaft tripod lubrication
Mobilith SHC(TM) 220 Grease - low rolling-resistance ceramic wheel bearing lubrication
Mobil SHC(TM) Hydraulic Oil - high-pressure, high-temperature hydraulic fluid used for driver, transmission and power-unit control actuators

Brake system
Akebono calipers and master cylinders
Akebono 'brake by wire' rear brake control system
Carbon discs and pads

Steering McLaren Racing power-assisted Tyres Pirelli P Zero Race wheels Enkei Radio Kenwood Paint AkzoNobel Car Refinishes system using Sikkens products

Power Unit

Type Mercedes-Benz PU106A Hybrid Minimum weight145 kg Primary PU components
Internal Combustion Engine (ICE)
Motor Generator Unit - Kinetic (MGU-K)
Motor Generator Unit - Heat (MGU-H)
Energy store (ES)
Control electronics

Internal Combustion Engine

Capacity 1.6 litres Cylinders Six Bank angle 90 degree vee angle No of valves 24 Max speed15,000 rpm Max fuel flow rate 100kg/hour (above 10,500 rpm) Fuel consumption 100kg 'lights to flag' regulated fuel capacity limit Fuel injection 500bar direct injection, single injector per cylinder Pressure charging Single-stage compressor and exhaust turbine, common shaft Lubricant Mobil 1 Engine Oil - high-protection low-friction lubricant and coolant, for high durability and improved fuel economy Fuel ExxonMobil High Performance Unleaded (5.75% bio fuel)

Energy Recovery System

Integrated Hybrid energy recovery via Motor Generator Units
Crankshaft coupled electrical MGU-K
Turbocharger coupled electrical MGU-H Energy store
Lithium-Ion battery, between 20 and 25 kg
Maximum energy storage, 4 MJ per lap MGU-K
Maximum speed, 50,000 rpm
Maximum power, 120 kW
Maximum energy recovery, 2 MJ per lap
Maximum energy deployment, 4 MJ per lap MGU-H
Maximum speed 125,000 rpm
Maximum power, unlimited
Maximum energy recovery, unlimited
Maximum energy deployment, unlimited


Gearbox Carbon-fibre composite case Gears Eight forward and one reverse Gear selection McLaren Racing hand-operated seamless-shift Differential Epicyclic differential with multi-plate limited-slip clutch Clutch Carbon/carbon, hand-operated Lubricant Mobil 1 SHC Gear Oil - Low traction-loss, high-efficiency gear and bearing lubricant and coolant


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