F1: McLaren Unveils MP4-27 Car For 2012 Season (Photo)

By on Feb 2, 2012 in Automobile, Racing, Sports, Technology Comments

McLaren team has unveiled the all-new Vodafone McLaren Mercedes MP4-27 car for the 2012 Formula One (F1) season, international news sites reported on Wednesday, February 1, 2012.

According to reports, the car features a notably tightly packaged rear end. It has been revised from the ground-up, with all major systems re-designed or updated.


F1: McLaren MP4-27
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes MP4-27
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Below is its technical specifications as posted on The Telegraph:

Chassis

  • Monocoque: McLaren-moulded carbonfibre composite incorporating front and side impact structures
  • Front suspension: Inboard torsion bar/damper system operated by pushrod and bell crank with a double wishbone arrangement
  • Rear suspension: Inboard torsion bar/damper system operated by pullrod and bell crank with a double wishbone arrangement
  • Electronics: McLaren Electronic Systems. Including chassis control, engine control, data acquisition, dashboard, alternator, sensors, data analysis and telemetry.
  • Bodywork: Carbon-fibre composite. Separate engine cover, sidepods and floor. Structural nose with integral front wing.

Driver-operated drag reduction system

  • Tyres: Pirelli P Zero
  • Radio: Kenwood
  • Race wheels: Enkei
  • Brake callipers: Akebono
  • Master cylinders: Akebono
  • Batteries: GS Yuasa Corporation
  • Steering: McLaren power-assisted
  • Instruments: McLaren Electronic Systems
  • Paint solutions: AkzoNobel Car Refinishes using Sikkens products

Engine

  • Type: Mercedes-Benz FO 108Z
  • Capacity: 2.4 litres
  • Cylinders: 8
  • Maximum rpm: 18,000
  • Bank angle: 90°
  • Piston bore maximum: 98mm
  • Number of valves: 32
  • Fuel: ExxonMobil High Performance Unleaded (5.75% bio fuel)
  • Spark plugs: NGK racing spark plugs specially designed for Formula 1
  • Lubricants: Mobil 1 – combining greater performance, protection and cooling with increased economy and lower emissions
  • Weight: 95kg (minimum FIA regulation weight)

KERS Hybrid

  • Type: Mercedes-Benz
  • e-Motor: Engine-mounted electrical motor/generator
  • ESS: Integrated energy storage cells and power electronics
  • Power: 60 kW

Transmission

  • Gearbox: McLaren-moulded carbon-fibre composite.
  • Integral rear impact structure
  • Gears: Seven forward and one reverse
  • Gear selection: McLaren seamless shift, hand-operated
  • Clutch: Carbon/carbon, hand-operated
  • Lubricants: Mobil


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