Jan 24, 2014, 8:52 AM EST
McLaren is the first team to officially take the wraps off its 2014 challenger, as the MP4-29 was revealed Friday morning.
One of the chassis’ prominent features is the anteater nose, which is sandwiched in-between two extensions to the front wing assembly.
While the nose has been sketched out in renderings, this is the first time the nose has been revealed in public.
Notably as well, the car was launched in a dark silver livery with no primary sponsorship.
Here’s a technical brief primer:
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Quotes were provided from Jonathan Neale, McLaren managing director and Sam Michael, McLaren sporting director, but not from Martin Whitmarsh, the team principal. A couple weeks ago, Ron Dennis retook control of McLaren as the overall company.
Neale estimated at the outset that the team needs to gain consistency first after a difficult 2013.
“We’ve been relatively pragmatic about it,” he said. “We know that the need for consistency initially outweighs the need for performance – the winter tests won’t be about chasing set-up or refining the car; the envelope of performance is likely to be so wide, and so relatively unknown, that the winter – and to some extent the opening races – will be about understanding the operational boundaries of the car as best we can.”
As for Michael, he said race-winning pace may not happen immediately but it’s the team’s goal to get back to that level.
“For 2014, our aim is for continuous development; we’ll be refining and strengthening the car and the organization throughout the year, so you’ll see a rapid turnover of parts and ideas on the car as we, like every team, wrestle with the many unique challenges of these new regulations,” Michael said.
Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen will drive in 2014, and the team’s reserve driver is McLaren junior driver Stoffel Vandoorne. The Belgian has also just been confirmed to race for ART’s GP2 team this season.
More info and photos on the car’s launch can be found on McLaren’s official website, where the car was presented today.
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