The MP4-31 was released just before its winter testing debut at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
The MP4-31 challenger by McLaren-Honda was unveiled on Sunday. The challenger was unveiled just before the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. The winter testing is a prep for the upcoming 2016 FIA Formula One (F1) World Championship.
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The McLaren Honda MP4-31 will have the Honda RA616H compact 1.6-litre V6 turbo engine. The engine will be fitted with the ERS for the 2016 season. The MP4-31 is an evolution of the 2015 car by McLaren-Honda since it contains all the technical regulations for 2016. The MP4-31 has a balance of elegant aerodynamics paired with a highly space-efficient power unit.
According to Fernando Alonso, one of the test drivers, the McLaren guys have been doing an incredible job. The MP4-31 has an aero package showing fantastic attention to detail resulting in a beautiful car. Alonso stated he has had a good winter of training and is 100 per cent ready for the challenge ahead.
Similarly Jenson Button stated he cannot wait to take the wheel of the new MP4-31. The Formula 1 driver particularly stated the brand-new McLaren-Honda MP4-31 really looks the part. Button commented he spent some part of his time at the McLaren Technology Centre. Button stated he could actually feel the positive energy during his visit. Button also shared his enthusiasm saying the immense amount of hard work the MP4-31 took makes him proud.
According to the McLaren Technology Group, this is the second year of their partnership with Honda. The main ambition shared by both is to simply win. For that purpose the MP4-31’s developmental trajectory has been steepened.
Ron Dennis (Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Technology Group) said:
“As we embark on the second year of our renewed McLaren-Honda partnership, all of us remain united in our purpose. That purpose is to develop our team towards our shared ambition: to win.
“We’ll make no predictions as to when those wins will come, but I can say without fear of contradiction that every member of our team has worked with truly relentless dedication over the past few months. The result is that MP4-31’s developmental trajectory has been usefully steepened over the winter, and I’m consequently very proud of our team’s efforts.
“We remain resolute in our commitment to our goals, and we maintain an indefatigable commitment to the winning potential of a full works team. Believe me: the full works backing of a multinational automotive manufacturer is the only platform from which real success in modern Formula 1 can be achieved. As McLaren-Honda, therefore, we’ve vowed to work together, and to win together, and that determination has become further cemented as our relationship has deepened through the shared challenges we faced last year.
“We have the best driver line-up in the sport. We have an engineering team that has been meticulously hand-picked, restructured, guided and inspired; the blend of technical skill-sets and attitudinal mind-sets we now possess are fit-for-purpose and state-of-the-art. And, thanks to the relationships we’ve nurtured with a hugely impressive roster of loyal and powerful partners, our commercial position is equally robust.”
Yasuhisa Arai (Senior Managing Officer and Chief Officer of Motorsport, Honda R&D Co Ltd) said:
“From the start of tomorrow’s testing, the second season of McLaren-Honda’s new adventure begins. It was a short winter break, but nonetheless Honda was able to make the most of the off-season in preparation for 2016, strengthening our team and working tirelessly alongside the McLaren and ExxonMobil engineers.
“Learning from last year, we’ve made changes to the compressor and other hardware of the power unit during the break, maturing our overall concept from last year. Our focus will be to test the car’s balance with the new chassis and power unit, and specifically the ERS direction during the eight days of winter testing.
“We won’t know exactly where we stand until we reach the end of the two tests, but we’re looking forward to getting back on track, gathering data, and feeding back the information to our engineers so as to prepare for Melbourne and onwards.
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“It’s good to be back.”