Posted Feb 2nd 2012 4:11AM
McLaren is the first of the major teams to present its challenger for the 2012 Formula 1 season, with the team today unveiling the new 2012 McLaren MP4-27 race car at the McLaren Technology Center in Woking, UK. McLaren also took the opportunity to confirm the continuation of its double world-champion driver lineup consisting of 2008 victor Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button who took the crown in 2009. The ugly front nose that has been widely discussed in the media recently is evident in these early pictures that have been released of 2012 McLaren MP4-27.
Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button discovered their new car for the 2012 season today. Testing drivers Gary Paffett and Oliver Turvey were present at the launch as well. The 2012 McLaren MP4-27 race car sports tightly waisted rear bodywork that improves airflow to the rear and it also houses a modified cooling system that re-directs the gearbox oil-cooler. The 2012 McLaren MP4-27 engine is a 2.4-liter V-8 unit sourced from Mercedes-Benz. It weighs just 210 pounds and has a maximum rev-limit of 18,000 rpm.
Mounted to this is a KERS consisting of an electric motor-generator and battery. The total output of the KERS is 80 horsepower.