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McLaren Launch Their 2009 Car The MP4-24

McLaren Mercedes have launched their 2009 car which they hope will deliver them another drivers world title.

The car, named the Mp4-24 will be powered by a Mercedes Benz V8, also present in the Force India car.

The car is strikingly different from last years thanks to the swathes of new regulation changes, but despite the close aerodynamic limits the car is rather different from their main competitor, Ferrari’s F60.  The McLaren has no aero pieces around the cocke bottle, something Ferrari have got with their ingenious wing mirrors, and also the rear wing is completly different with sloping back endplates with slashes, and its also centrally mounted.

It remains to be seen whether the two teams will be as close as they have been across the past two seasons.

“Extensive rule changes require extensive amount of work – these are the biggest rules changes we have seen in 15 years” McLaren boss Ron Dennis told presses at the McLaren Technology Centre today.

“That requires the technologists in our organisation, they are not just engineers but scientist with high qualifications, to go back to a plain piece of paper and conceptualising what the fundamental requirement are for the regulations.

“It is there you can get it wrong because if you get it wrong no amount of development can sort it out. What you see in the MP4-24 is a car correctly conceptualised.

“At the same time you are trying to make a good looking car, that is a value we put high, if it looks good it goes good, so what you see is a tremendous outcome from a lot of people, it is a credit from not just the technologists but the other people, this is a fully running car that can run on a circuit tomorrow.

“But this is a second car, the first is already at Portugal, so we feel we are in a good position to attack the time up to the first grand prix. It will be a critical time because it will set the baseline for the rest of the season.”

Taking the wraps off the new car

Taking the wraps off the new car

The MP4-24

The MP4-24

Lewis Hamilton and Pedro de La Rosa messing around for the sponsors

Lewis Hamilton and Pedro de La Rosa messing around for the sponsors

Front end detail

Front end detail

Centre detail

Centre detail

Rear wing detail

Rear wing detail

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