McLaren Racing unveiled its latest car, the MCL60, at a launch event held at its Woking factory on Monday. The team also presented its new lineup, including driver Oscar Piastri, alongside established star Lando Norris, and new team principal Andrea Stella, who takes over following Andreas Seidl’s departure to the Alfa Romeo squad.
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The MCL60 represents an evolution of the aerodynamic concept first introduced with the MCL36, with additional updates to the downwashing sidepods that were first introduced last year, similar to those featured on the dominant Red Bull RB18. The sidepods have been tightened and feature a bigger undercut, indicating that McLaren is taking a less conservative approach to the cooling demands posed by the new ground-effects rules.
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Images of the launch-version MCL60 suggest that the team has already made progress in this area, with a lack of a RB18-like dimple in the middle of the sidepods. The team aims to introduce upgrades for the MCL60 from the fourth round of the 2023 season, which will take place in Baku.
McLaren boss Zak Brown spoke to the media after the launch event, acknowledging the shortcomings of last year’s car and promising to tackle them in the MCL60. The new car’s livery is broadly similar to the MCL36, with the addition of orange patches to the rear wing and the removal of orange from the front wing. The team is striving to operate at the 798kg weight limit, with Andrea Stella saying that the engineers have done a good job in taking off weight in several areas of the car, allowing for more space for orange and white.