Photos: McLaren MP4-28 specifications and close-up

The new McLaren MP4-28

The new McLaren MP4-28

McLaren is the second oldest active Formula 1 team (after Ferrari) and one of the most successful teams at the pinnacle, having won 182 races, 12 drivers’ championships and 8 constructors’ championships, and will hoping to add to their impressive record with the newly launched MP4-28 – here are the detailed specifications of McLaren’s 2013 challenger. (See close-up gallery at the foot of specifications list)

MP4-28 Technical Specifications

McLaren MP4-28

McLaren MP4-28

Chassis
Monocoque. McLaren-moulded carbonfibre composite incorporating front and side impact structures, and survival cell

Front suspension
Inboard torsion bar/damper system operated by pullrod and bell crank with a double wishbone arrangement

Rear suspension
Inboard torsion bar/damper system operated by pullrod and bell crank with a double wishbone arrangement

Electronics
McLaren Electronic Systems. Including chassis control, engine control, data acquisition, dashboard, alternator, sensors, data analysis and telemetry.

Bodywork
Carbon-fibre composite. Including engine cover, sidepods, floor, nose, front wing and rear wing.

Driver-operated drag reduction system

Lubricants & Fluids
Mobilith SHC™ 1500 Grease – lubricates the four tripod joints on the drive-shafts resisting the high temperatures generated by the exhaust and braking systems
Mobilith SHC™ 220 Grease – minimises rolling resistance in the car’s ceramic wheel bearings to help maximise speed
Mobil SHC™ Hydraulic Oil – running at over 200 bar and 100° C this fluid is an essential part of the hydraulic system which controls gear shift, the throttles and operation of DRS and steering systems

McLaren MP4-28

McLaren MP4-28

Tyres: Pirelli P Zero
Radio: Kenwood
Race wheels: Enkei
Brake calipers: Akebono
Master cylinders: Akebono
Batteries: GS Yuasa Corporation
Steering: McLaren power-assisted
Instruments: McLaren Electronic Systems
Paint solutions: AkzoNobel Car Refinishes using Sikkens products

Engine
Type: Mercedes-Benz FO 108F
Capacity: 2.4 litres
Cylinders:8
Maximum rpm: 18,000
Bank angle: 90°
Piston bore maximum: 98mm
Number of valves: 32
Fuel: ExxonMobil High Performance Unleaded (5.75% bio fuel)
Spark plugs: NGK Formula 1 specification racing spark plugs
Lubricants: Mobil 1™ Engine Oil – for long engine life, protection and cooling combined with improved fuel economy
Weight: 95kg (minimum FIA regulation weight)

KERS Hybrid
Type: Mercedes-Benz
e-Motor: Engine-mounted electrical motor/generator
ESS: Integrated energy storage cells and power electronics
Power: 60 kW

Transmission
Gearbox: McLaren-moulded carbon-fibre composite
Integral rear impact structure
Gears: Seven forward and one reverse
Gear selection: McLaren seamless shift, hand-operated
Clutch: Carbon/carbon, hand-operated
Lubricants: Mobil 1 SHC™ Gear Oil – provides reduced fluid traction losses improving gearbox efficiency and delivering more power to the rear wheels

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