McLAREN-HONDA BEGINS NEW RACING ERA
McLaren-Honda – the name evokes one of the defining chapters in the motor racing history books. Ayrton Senna battling Alain Prost for supremacy is unforgettable, and signifies one of the golden ages of Formula 1.
The McLaren-Honda partnership is back together for 2015, and have recently revealed the MP4-30 – McLaren’s first Honda-powered car for 23 years. It is a thoroughly refined evolution of last year’s McLaren, and the only chassis on the grid to be fitted with Honda’s RA615H Hybrid power unit.
In 2015 McLaren-Honda intends to maintain the momentum it achieved during the second half of 2014, when an intensive technical development programme for the MP4-29 allowed the team to establish a solid position within the chasing pack.
Relatively stable technical regulations between seasons have permitted Honda engineers to evolve some of the newer philosophies explored on last year’s season-ending car while also adding some exciting new technical DNA into the mix.
The car has been aerodynamically refined over the winter, and the result is an elegant car with a refined nose-box solution, slimmed rear-end packaging – particularly around the gearbox – and the incorporation of an all-new power unit under its tightly contoured bodywork.
The two McLaren-Honda drivers for the season are Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button. Alonso says, “We understand the effort and teamwork it will take to take McLaren-Honda back to where it should be, at the front of the grid, and all our energy as a team is focused on that goal.”
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