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When McLaren pulls the covers off its new MCL35M tonight at its Woking plant, it is expected to be the most diverse car in Formula 1 by 2021.

As teams are forced to remove their chassis from the Carrying over to this last season, the options for radical overhauls as part of cost-cutting measures introduced in response to the coronavirus pandemic are quite limited.

However, McLaren’s move from Renault to Mercedes engines has forced him to go with With his upgraded car busy.

With power pack packaging a central part of current F1 design and manufacturers each having unique approaches to their overall concept, McLaren had to make some significant changes.

That did Team made it clear last month when they talked about where their focus had been over the winter.

« While every other team is most of their car from last year in This year, if we switch to the Mercedes engine, we will not do that, « said Piers Thynne, McLaren Production Manager.

 » It has brought a lot of changes, and essentially we have built a new car. The number of new parts for the MCL35M is roughly the same as when the MCL35 was built. « 

While the extensive changes to the chassis, gearbox, cooling layout and electrics were triggered by the Mercedes move, McLaren will not be immune to other factors imposed on other teams.

The biggest challenge for everyone is the new aero rules introduced by the FIA ​​to reduce downforce – and to limit some of the stresses caused by tires.

The changes to the bottom and rear of the car are having a much bigger impact on the car’s performance than they look – and could become a talking point at the start of the year.

For McLaren, they are set against the backdrop of some important Areas of improvement for the MCL35M that it hopes will attempt to repeat its top 3 placement in the Constructors’ Championship.

While the car is in fast corners and at When braking was strong, there were some inherent weaknesses it hopes to fix. James Key Technical Director said: « I think weaknesses need to be improved a little at slower speeds. It’s not quite as weak as [2019], and that was one of the big ones. « Trying to improve on the low speed, balance, and consistency we had in certain types of low speed turns.

 » Then under certain conditions the car doesn’t work as well as we’d like it to – and that under certain weather or grip conditions that we can see in the data. « 

McLaren will be his new car when it is launched at 7pm British times. Follow Autosport for the latest news and insights from the launch.

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