McLaren-Honda unofficially had their MP4-31 leaked before its official reveal tomorrow.
Update: McLaren-Honda just dropped their official video unveil.
It looks like someone with a bit of privileged information who was told not to unveil any official pictures and information on the new McLaren-Honda MP4-31 went ahead and just did it anyway. According to F1 Fanatic earlier this weekend, first pictures of the McLaren-Honda MP4-31 are on the web for everyone to see. Check out some of these exclusive photos below!
McLaren-Honda’s inaugural season was lackluster at best with very few points being scored by two superstar drivers Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso. Admittedly, there engine was woefully down on power and reliability was non-existent so you can imagine that their engineers were under the gun to drastically rework their MP4-30. According to these preliminary pictures, they’ve done just that.
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The McLaren-Honda MP4-30 was already a sleek and tiny car but McLaren has managed to take a good amount of bodywork as well as carve a much slimmer racecar. We’ve attached a side profile of the older and all-new car. Keen eyes will notice that the Esso logo is a lot smaller on the MP4-31 than on the 30 and gone are all the little kinks that was put under scrutiny by critics of their performance.
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Aerodynamically speaking, you’ll also notice the side profile is now much more aggressive; there’s more rake. Initially, there were also rumors that their side pods would be a lot taller but here you can clearly see that they are much smaller and thinner.
And quite obviously it looks like they’re running one more sponsor.
While this new chassis redesign is great, we really want to see how their power unit stacks up against the likes of Mercedes and Ferrari. We’ll find out soon enough when testing commences in Barcelona on Monday.
The livery itself lacks much panache and character. But then again, for a team that must rise from the ashes, their livery should be the least of their worries.