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Mc Laren MP4/28 – winter testing (pre season) tech summary


Mc Laren MP4/28 SV Jerez Feb 15 F

Chassis :  MP4/28

Engine : Mercedes-Benz FO 108F

 

      The most striking differences between the new  MP4/28 and its ancestor is the higher nose, redesigned radiators inlets ,and the pull rod front suspension ( the MP4/27 had push rod) . However special treatment on detail was taken all over the car . Worth’s mentioning that Mc Laren housed the driveshaft inside the lower wishbone of the rear suspension system to cut drag . This tactic is not new for Mc Laren because back in 1999 the MP4/14 had its steering wheel merged inside the upper wishbone of the front suspension .

 Winter testing updates :

  During winter testing the car showed remarkable speed but also was proved recalcitrant for mechanics to find the ideal set up . Since launch the car inherited three versions of nose vanes in total , horizontal, a slat on top of the sidepod and a new simpler front wing .

 

 

EVALUATION :

Aerodynamic performance :  promising but very difficult to find the ideal set up

Speed :. Speed is there but not yet unleashed . Understeer is an unsolved yet problem probably because of the introduction of a pull rod front suspension

Tyres management  :   well but suffers degradation

Reliability  :  pretty good

 

 

 

Mc Laren MP4/28 SF Launch 1 F

pull rod front suspension

 

 

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