Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team unveiled its newest Formula-1 car, the MP4-28. The unveiling ceremony was held at McLaren Technology Centre on 31st January 2013. The MP4-28 F1 race car was unveiled by McLaren’s star drivers Jenson Button and Sergio Perez.
The MP4-28 is powered by a 2.4-litre 8-cylinder engine sourced from Mercedes-Benz. The maximum rate of revolution is 18,000 rpm and weighs 95 kg.
As Button arrived at the unveiling ceremony in a McLaren P1TM sportscar, Perez reached the occasion by a bright orange 12C Spider. Button, after the unveiling ceremony said that everything under the carbon fibre is brand new. Martin Whitmarsh, McLaren team boss said that the tyres are less conservative this year and they will degrade faster than last year's. But McLaren is confident that the MP4-28 will cope in fine style. Button agreed to these saying, "The tyre is good for the sport, and we have two drivers with reputations for preserving tyres."
Prior to the launch of the new MP4-28 F1 car, guests were treated to a parade of classic McLaren race cars. The parade brought race- and championship-winning McLarens cars, each having an important place in the firm’s 50-years history. The Racers includes 1970s M8D CanAm sportscar, Emerson Fittipaldi’s iconic 1974 M23, Ayrton Senna’s dominant 1988 MP4/4, team's1995 Le Mans-winning F1 GTR, Mika Hakkinen’s MP4-13 car from 1998, and the most recent championship winning car to wear the McLaren badge, the MP4-23 from 2008.
The year 2013 is very important for the Mclaren as the team enjoys their 50th anniversary. The McLaren was founded in 1963 by New Zealander Bruce McLaren. The team won its first Grand Prix at Belgian Grand Pix in 1968. But the very first huge success was in Can-Am, where they dominated from 1967 to 1971. The drivers of the Mclaren team include Hunt, Senna, Prost, Lauda, Coulthard, Raikkonen, Alonso, Hakkinen, Hamilton, and Button.
McLaren finishes as third place in the 2012 constructors' championship behind Red Bull and Ferrari. The MP4-27's reliability did not prove strong enough, both Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button were out of the championship fight in the latter part of the year. A major change for the 2013 McLaren's driver line-up is, Briton has been replaced by Mexican Sergio Perez. And Sergio Perez will partner Jenson Button for the 2013 season.
The team hailed their new drivers line-up as "the perfect blend of youth and experience". The new MP4-28 will take to the track for the first time next week at Jerez circuit in Spain.
McLaren’s Jenson Button and Sergio Perez unveiled the car
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