- Stoffel Vandoorne
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, appropriately nabbing the honour from Bruce McLaren himself, who’d achieved in way back in 1959) in truly effortless fashion.
At McLaren-Honda, he has resolutely vowed to take the reunified giants back to the top step of the podium, while at the same time replicating the past successes of his favourite driver and his childhood idol, Ayrton Senna.
His races throughout 2016, when given the merest sniff of an opportunity, were sublime – and culminated in him claiming the season was one of his best-ever in Formula 1, because his innate confidence in the car enabled him to drive it to the maximum on almost every occasion.
For 2017, he will be looking to further maximise those opportunities.
- Fernando Alonso
For Stoffel Vandoorne, it was only really a matter of ‘when’ he’d race in Formula 1 than ‘if’.
The young Belgian ascendance through the junior single-seater ranks has been utterly emphatic – and equally assured.
Last year, he dovetailed his role as McLaren-Honda’s test and reserve driver to race in Japan’s hotly contested Super Formula championship – the country’s most prestigious single-seater series. Driving for Honda entrant, Docomo Team Dandelion, Stoff won two races, including the prestigious season finale at Suzuka, and finished the championship in fourth position – just five points’ shy of the winner, an almost unheard-of feat for a series rookie.
More notably, Stoffel also made his Formula 1 debut, deputising for Fernando Alonso in the 2016 Bahrain Grand Prix. It was a last-minute call-up, which involved him flying overnight from a Super Formula test session in Japan to arrive at the Bahrain circuit hours ahead of the first Formula 1 practice session.
For 2017, he will race full-time at McLaren-Honda opposite no less than Fernando Alonso, revered by many of his peers as the most complete racer on the grid. It’s an indication of Stoffel’s preparedness that he is unruffled by the magnitude of the task ahead of him.
- 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.
- Power Units
- Tech Spec
The MCL32 follows in the evolutionary footsteps of its two immediate predecessors, MP4-30 and MP4-31, but it has been overhauled in every area as the design team has looked to capitalise on a series of new aerodynamic regulations introduced for 2017.
The result is an extremely elegant but aggressive-looking race car, fitted with Honda’s latest-generation power unit, the RA617H, which has been thoroughly revised by the company’s team of talented engineers.
Our power units are the driving force behind the McLaren-Honda MCL32. They’re the lifeblood of the team – it’s heart and soul. From the race bay to the garage to the track, the distinct sound of the HONDA RA617H announces the car’s arrival. And quickens the pace of our own beating hearts.
- Power Unit
- Internal Combustion Engine
- 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 728kg (including driver, excluding fuel). Weight distribution between 45.3% and 46.3%ElectronicsMcLaren Applied Technologies. Including chassis control, power unit control, data acquisition, sensors, data analysis and telemetryInstrumentsMcLaren Applied Technologies dashboardGrease & FluidsCastrol grease and hydraulic oilBrake systemAkebono brake calipers and master cylinders, Akebono ‘brake by wire’ rear brake control system, Carbon discs and padsSteeringPower-assisted rack and pinionTyresPirelli P ZeroRace WheelsEnkeiGarage RadioKenwoodPaintAkzoNobel Car Refinishes system using Sikkens productsCooling SystemCalsonic Kansei water and oil cooling
TypeHonda RA617HMinimum weight145 kgPrimary PU componentsInternal Combustion Engine (ICE)
Motor Generator Unit - Kinetic (MGU-K)
Motor Generator Unit - Heat (MGU-H)
Energy Store (ES)
Control ElectronicsFuel LubricantsBP Castrol
Capacity1.6 litresCylindersSixBank angle90 degree vee angleNo of valves24Max speed15,000 rpmMax fuel flow rate100 kg/hour (above 10,500 rpm)Fuel consumption105 kg 'lights to flag' regulated fuel capacity limitFuel injectionDirect injection, single injector per cylinder, 500 bar maxPressure chargingSingle-stage compressor and exhaust turbine, common shaftFuel & LubricantBP Castrol
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-plateLubricantsCastrol