Ring the changes between McLaren’s latest Honda-powered car and last year’s model using these interactive images of their 2017 and 2016 designs.
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Use the slider below to transition between images of McLaren’s new 2017 MCL32 and last year’s MP4-31. Note some images may have been altered for ease of comparison and should not be used as a reference for measurements.
There’s no missing the dramatic new colour scheme on the 2017 McLaren. But there’s much more going on than just a new splash of colour.
In common with the rest of the field the new McLaren isn’t just wider, it’s also longer. That extra length makes life a bit easier as far as passing the front nose crash tests goes, though for now McLaren this is one area in which McLaren’s 2017 car is similar to the old one – for now.
Unsurprisingly the bright orange livery does not extend to the most aerodynamically sensitive areas of the car which have recently been freed up by the regulations. Like all the other teams which have launched so far, McLaren is keeping these parts dark which makes them harder for rivals to inspect and copy. This particularly goes for the intricate bargeboards which are attached to pod wings.
There is very little detail on the floor in its launch specification, indicating this is a likely area for change once testing begins.
The differing angles in the side view make the overall increase in length harder to appreciate. McLaren is another team which has opted for a shark fin.
Even at this early stage a lot of work has gone into the new rear wing endplates, which feature an array of slots plus additional vertical bodywork alongside the more familiar twisted struts.
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