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McLaren tips cap to new era with car name change

The MP4 nomenclature is no more as McLaren reveals its car name for the 2017 Formula 1 World Championship season.
McLaren-Honda has revealed its 2017 Formula 1 World Championship challenger will be named MCL32, ending the team's long-established MP4 nomenclature.

The British team is heading into a new era for 2017 after severing ties with long-time chairman Ron Dennis, with the revised name and an anticipated livery change representative of the tonal shift.

As such, though the '32' represents the next model in McLaren's car line-up, the MCL will replace MP4.

The Honda-powered car – which will be revealed officially on February 24th – is expected to look very different to its predecessor too, with an orange and black colour scheme anticipated following a series of cryptic tweets from the team itself.







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Rayzerp2

February 03, 2017 1:57 PM

Breaking with tradition is all well and good however in the long view history will remember the MP4 moniker with winning championships with great cars and drivers...not exactly the type of tradition you want to break. Lot of tough talking came out of McLaren when they moved to Honda power and again now with potential orange paint and new chassis name but they really need to back it up on the track. Honda has gotten a lot of stick for the performance of the package with a lot of justification but its easy to forget that the 2014 Mclaren was rubbish even with the best engine by far bolted into the back. Been a long time since Mclaren built the best chassis

Rayzerp2

February 03, 2017 4:46 PM

richard:
Jem: Given that MP4 stood for McLaren Project 4, they could have just dropped the P4. But there is probably no one left at McLaren that knows this. I truly am an old codger. P.S. no agreements needed.
and are you aware that Project4 was a team owned by dennis that bought the assets of mclaren? and razer.....mclaren won championships BEFORE ron dennis and MP moniker
And hopefully they do again...My point is that if car is not fast enough then u can call it what u want and paint it whatever colour u like...



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