McLaren 2018 Car Launch: McLaren Unveils Striking 2018 Challenger: The MCL33
Today, McLaren revealed its much-anticipated new Formula 1 car called the MCL33.
The McLaren MCL33 will be the first time in McLaren’s 52-year history that it has run a car powered by Renault engines and the car will race with a stunning new livery which draws inspiration from the team’s iconic papaya orange and blue scheme that McLaren first raced in Formula 1 – 50 years ago!
The MCL33 will be driven by Fernando Alonso, the double-world champion who now enters his fourth consecutive season with the McLaren team and his team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne who will be starting his second season in Formula 1.
The engineering philosophy of the MCL33 follows the roots which were established in it’s predecessor and with all the data which was accumulated during 2017 has been used to feed a range of improvements on the car. A lot of the work has been around optimising the package of the new Renault engine and the incorporation of the new halo cockpit device which no one seems to be getting used to – yet.
The McLaren MCL33 will take part in a filming day at a Spanish Circuit on Friday before taking part on the eight day pre-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya next Monday.
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See what Fernando Alonso had to say about the McLaren 2018 Car – The MCL33
Fernando Alonso: “My winter has felt somewhat shorter than usual, as I’ve already been in the cockpit for a 24-hour race, and several sports car tests!” “
With that said, I’m really looking forward to getting behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car for the first time in three months and looking at our new car, I feel incredibly excited – but also apprehensive. I know just how important this car is to the team, and I just hope that it delivers in the way we all want it to.”
“If we’re able to develop the key strengths of last year’s chassis and marry it to an improved Renault power unit, then I think we’ll be able to take a step forwards. The car certainly looks very neat and well thought-out, and I think the new colour looks really great; really eye-catching.”
“I just want to get behind the wheel now!”
See what Stoffel Vandoorne had to say about the McLaren 2018 Car – The MCL33
Stoffel Vandoorne: “The arrival of a new car is always one of the most tense and exciting moments of the season. For everyone at McLaren, this is an important car; we all know exactly how much rests on it being successful, and we’re all extremely keen to see just how well it performs when we start testing it next week.”
“From my perspective, I really hope we can start the season with a stable platform that we’re able to develop quickly and easily. It would be great to have a smooth few weeks of winter testing, and to go to Australia feeling confident about the year ahead. “
“I’ve been training hard all winter and feel as ready as I can be to get back into the cockpit. I’m fit and focused, but I’m also relaxed, because I think we’ve had a very productive winter and have designed a very capable new car.”
“I can’t wait to put it to the test.”
See what Zak Brown (Executive Director, McLaren Technology Group) had to say about the McLaren 2018 Car – The MCL33
Zak Brown: “The McLaren team was created by a brave pioneer, and has had bravery at its core ever since. Whether it’s been with brave drivers, brave leaders or brave fortune, this team has always fought back and we definitely view 2018 as the year when McLaren will move closer to the front, fighting teams and drivers as we improve our fortunes.”
“We have an excellent team, a new engine partner in Renault and a host of fantastic new partnerships: Airgain, CNBC, Dell Technologies, Kimoa and Petrobras have all been welcomed to the McLaren family.”
“Our return to a papaya orange livery for this year wasn’t simply an emotional decision; it demonstrates that we are listening to our fans, building deeper engagement with them and the Formula 1 community as a whole.”
“We want McLaren to earn respect on and off the track, and this felt like a good starting point. We want to show everyone what makes this team special, whether that’s our fans or our partners – there’s room for more on our journey.”
See what Eric Boullier (McLaren Racing Director) had to say about the McLaren 2018 Car – The MCL33
Eric Boullier: “I think the whole team feels proud of this car. The design, engineering and aerodynamic departments have done an incredible job delivering a new car with a new power unit in an extremely short timeframe.”
:We never took the easy route or looked to shortcut a process or a solution; and the result is a car that is neat and well-resolved.”
“With that said, we are under no illusions that it will be difficult to splinter the hegemony at the front; and that the midfield will be full of well-funded, experienced outfits with plenty to prove. We are humble about the challenge ahead, but feel we’ve prepared well, have a solid package that we can build upon and exploit as the season progresses, and have two excellent drivers who will make the difference in races.”
“At McLaren, we are all racers – pure and simple. We’re going to come out pushing, and we’re going to be racing as hard as ever.”