McLaren unveil the McLaren MP4-26 F1 single seater 

Written by David on February 04th, 2011 at 1:27 pmLast Update: February 06th, 2011 at 2:00 pm

The McLaren Mercedes F1 team unveiled today in Berlin, Germany their 2011 F1 single seater, the McLaren Mercedes MP4-26.

Revealed at Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz, the famous public space that sits on the fringe of the old Berlin Wall, the MP4-26 was built up by dozens of Vodafone competition-winners, fans and customers carrying components into the arena, where the new chassis was gradually pieced together in front of a huge crowd.

This culminated in our McLaren Mercedes drivers – 2008 world champion Lewis Hamilton and 2009 world champion Jenson Button – assembling the very final pieces to reveal the completed racecar.

McLaren Mercedes MP4-26

Looking radically different from last year’s race-winning chassis, the McLaren MP4-26 features a range of aerodynamic features designed to take advantage of new rules significantly limiting the amount of downforce that can be derived from the car’s underbody.

These most notably include distinctive U-shaped sidepods – to feed air more efficiently to the car’s rear-end – and a drag reduction system (active rear-wing), introduced for 2011 to increase the potential for overtaking

McLaren Mercedes MP4-26

Beneath the skin, the car houses an all-new electric KERS (hybrid) system. McLaren Mercedes, along with its engine partners Mercedes-Benz HighPerformanceEngines, became the first-ever Formula 1 team to win a grand prix using a hybrid device in 2009, and this new system is expected to further refine that race-winning package.


McLaren-Mercedes MP4-26 Technical Specifications:

  • Chassis: McLaren moulded carbon fibre composite incorporating front and side impact structures.
  • Front suspension: Inboard torsion bar/damper system operated by pushrod and bell crank with a double wishbone arrangement
  • Rear suspension: Inboard torsion bar/damper system operated by pushrod and bell crank with a double wishbone arrangement
  • Electronics: McLaren Electronic Systems. Including chassis control, engine control, data acquisition, dashboard, alternator, sensors, data analysis and telemetry.
  • Bodywork: Carbon-fibre composite. Separate engine cover, sidepods and floor. Structural nose with intergral front wing Driver-operated drag reduction system (active rear wing)
  • Tyres: Pirelli P Zero
  • Radio: Kenwood
  • Race wheels: Enkei
  • Brake calipers: Akebono
  • Brake master cylinders: Akebono
  • Batteries: GS Yuasa Corporation
  • Steering: McLaren power-assisted
  • Instruments: McLaren Electronic Systems
  • Paint solutions: AkzoNobel Car Refinishes using Sikkens Products


  • Type: Mercedes-Benz FO 108Y
  • Capacity: 2.4 litres
  • Cylinders: 8
  • Maximum rpm: 18,000
  • Bank angle: 90°
  • Piston bore maximum: 98mm
  • Number of valves: 32
  • Fuel: ExxonMobil High Performance Unleaded (5.75% bio fuel)
  • Spark plugs: NGK racing spark plugs specially designed for Mercedes-Benz F1 engine
  • Lubricants: Mobil 1 – combining greater performance, protection and cooling with increased economy and lower emissions
  • Weight: 95kg (minimum FIA regulation weight)

KERS (Hybrid):

  • Type: Mercedes-Benz
  • e-Motor: Engine-mounted electrical motor/generator
  • ESS: Integrated energy storage cells and power electronics
  • Power: 60 kW


  • Gearbox: McLaren-moulded carbonfibre composite. Integral rear impact structure
  • Gears: Seven forward and one reverse
  • Gear selection: McLaren seamless shift, hand-operated
  • Clutch: Carbon/carbon, hand-operated
  • Lubricants: Mobil

Images © McLaren Mercedes

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