- Jenson Button
The giant-killing performances were what caught your attention first: hustling an uncompetitive Minardi around Suzuka to finish a barely credible 11th in 2001; seemingly appearing from nowhere to grab his first pole position (Malaysia 2003); and becoming the then-youngest-ever grand prix winner (Hungary, again in ’03) in truly effortless fashion.
For 2015, he takes on an ambitious new challenge with McLaren-Honda, tasked with returning the reunited giants back to the top step of the podium – while at the same time aiming to replicate the past successes of his favourite driver and his childhood idol, Ayrton Senna.
- Fernando Alonso
Jenson got his big break in Formula 1 in 2000 with Williams, and became the youngest British driver ever to start an F1 race in Australia, aged just 20 years and 53 days. That year, he produced some standout performances including finishing fourth at the chaotic German Grand Prix in Hockenheim, in addition to stunning the Formula 1 paddock by qualifying third for the Belgian Grand Prix.
Jenson arrived at McLaren as reigning world champion in 2010 and immediately got off to a great start with wins in Australia and China. The following year he won the Canadian Grand Prix in spectacular fashion, contending with a sodden Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, six safety car periods and having to fight through the field three times to take one of the all-time greatest F1 victories.
- Jenson Button
- Fernando Alonso
The first time Kev Magnussen sat behind the wheel of a ‘McLaren’ it wasn’t a motorised toy car given to him by his racing driver father, Jan. The impish grin that spread across the young Dane’s face when he returned the car to the pits told you even more: here was a boy born to race for McLaren.
He joined the McLaren Young Driver programme in 2010, dovetailing his racing activities with training and development work with the Formula 1 outfit. And, in March 2014 – his first grand prix as a McLaren driver, he did just that.
In 2015 Kevin Magnussen will remain an important part of the team, as test and reserve driver.
- Honda Lab
- Power Units
- Tech Spec
Welcome to the Honda Lab, where we unveil the true power of the ultimate racing machine. Discover the melting point of the Honda Power Unit. See it’s electrifying force unleashed in a single bolt of power. And watch the car’s nerve centre, the ECU, come alive.
Eight power units - each infused with racing spirit.
First pair revealed in Melbourne.
Formula One is the fastest racing competition on four wheels. It’s not easy. Day after day, month after month, it constantly tests our grit. This means we’re involved with solving some of engineering’s most demanding challenges. The result is a Honda F1 power unit – tuned to racing perfection. There are eight Honda power units with the first pair, PU14 and PU22, being revealed on the Albert Park track.
- Power Unit
- Energy Recovery System
MonocoqueCarbon-fibre composite, incorporating driver controls and fuel cellSafety structuresCockpit survival cell incorporating impact resistant construction and anti-penetration panels, front impact structure, prescribed side impact structures, integrated rear impact structure, front and rear roll structuresBodyworkCarbon-fibre composite, including engine cover, sidepods, floor, nose, front wing and rear wing with driver-operated drag reduction systemFront suspensionCarbon-fibre wishbone and pushrod suspension elements operating inboard torsion bar and damper systemRear suspensionCarbon-fibre wishbone and pullrod suspension elements operating inboard torsion bar and damper systemWeightOverall vehicle weight 702kg (including driver, excluding fuel). Weight distribution between 45.5% and 46.5%ElectronicsMcLaren Applied Technologies. Including chassis control, power unit control, data acquisition, alternator, sensors, data analysis and telemetryInstrumentsMcLaren Applied Technologies dashboardBrake systemAkebono brake calipers and master cylinders, Akebono 'brake by wire' rear brake control system, Carbon discs and padsSteeringPower-assisted rack and pinionTyresPirelli P Zero
TypeHonda RA615HMinimum weight145 kgPrimary PU componentsInternal Combustion Engine (ICE)
Motor Generator Unit - Kinetic (MGU-K)
Motor Generator Unit - Heat (MGU-H)
Energy Store (ES)
Control ElectronicsInternal Combustion EngineCapacity - 1.6 litres
Cylinders - Six
Bank angle - 90 degree vee angle
No of valves - 24
Max speed - 15,000 rpm
Max fuel flow rate - 100 kg/hour (above 10,500 rpm)
Fuel consumption - 100 kg 'lights to flag' regulated fuel capacity limit
Fuel injection - Direct injection, single injector per cylinder, 500 bar max
Pressure charging - Single-stage compressor and exhaust turbine, common shaftFuel LubricantsExxonMobil High Performance Unleaded (5.75% bio fuel)
Mobil 1™ Engine Oil - High protection low friction lubricant and coolant, for high durability and improved fuel economy
ArchitectureIntegrated Hybrid energy recovery via Motor Generator Units
Crankshaft coupled electrical MGU-K
Turbocharger coupled electrical MGU-HEnergy StoreLithium-Ion battery, between 20 and 25 kg
Maximum energy storage, 4 MJ per lapMGU-KMaximum speed, 50,000 rpm
Maximum power, 120 kW
Maximum energy recovery, 2 MJ per lap
Maximum energy deployment, 4 MJ per lapMGU-HMaximum speed 125,000 rpm
Maximum power, unlimited
Maximum energy recovery, unlimited
Maximum energy deployment, unlimited
GearboxCarbon-fibre composite main case, longitudinally mountedGear ratiosEight forward and one reverseGear selectionElectro-hydraulically operated seamless shiftDifferentialEpicyclic differential with multi-plate limited slip clutchClutchElectro-hydraulically operated, carbon multi-plateLubricantsMobil 1 SHC™ Gear Oil - Low traction loss, high efficiency gear and bearing lubricant and coolant