Autocar McLaren unveils new F1 car

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    photo3_0.JPG Jenson Button and new signing Sergio Perez take the wraps off the Mercedes-powered MP4-28 at the McLaren Technology Centre McLaren has lifted the covers from its 2013 Formula 1 car this morning at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking and has also given a prototype of its forthcoming P1 hypercar its first public appearance.
    Named the MP4-28, the Mercedes V8-powered Formula 1 machine was unveiled by McLaren race drivers Jenson Button and Sergio Perez. Like the Lotus-Renault E21 revealed earlier this week, the McLaren MP4-28 is an evolution of the previous season’s car.
    That's a reflection of stability within the rule book, with just some minor regulation changes requiring detail revisions to the car, as opposed to wholesale modifications. Key areas that have been redesigned for 2013 include the nose and front suspension, the sidepod profiles and the rear bodywork.
    McLaren was one of the few teams to design its 2012 challenger with a conventional front section, as opposed to the 'duck bill' stepped nosecone favoured by the majority of teams. That continues this year, with the MP4-28 retaining a sleek front end.
    During the launch in Woking, McLaren served up a sneak preview of the P1 hypercar. A development prototype was driven into the event by Button, while Perez made his entrance in a MP4-12C Spider.
    They were joined by iconic McLaren race cars of the past, including the M23 raced by Emerson Fittipaldi, the 1995 Le Mans-winning F1 GTR, and the most successful Formula 1 car in the company’s history, the Honda-powered MP4/4.
    Check out our 50 years of McLaren gallery to see more famous cars from the company's past.
    Daljinder Nagra