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The McLaren MP4-27 was a car designed by McLaren for the 2012 Formula One Season. The drivers were Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton. It was lauched on the 1st February at McLaren's team base at Woking, Surrey. The car made its first proper track appearance on February 7 for the 2012 Jerez Test at Jerez de la Frontera.

The car was powered by a Mercedes-Benz V8 engine.

During the season, McLaren were the championship leaders in the first three races, but mid-way during the season, the team struggled to win any race, including various bad lucks. The team could not chase for the championship lead and eventually fell to third behind Ferrari in second and Red Bull as winners.

Design TeamEdit

Role Person
Team principal Martin Whitmarsh
Managing director Jonathan Neale
Engineering director Paddy Lowe
Design and development director Neil Oatley
Sporting director Sam Michael
Chief aerodynamicist Doug McKiernan
Head of vehicle design Andrew Bailey
Head of race operations Simon Roberts
Head of vehicle engineering Mark Williams
Team manager David Redding
Chief race engineer Philip Prew

Source:[1]

McLaren MP4-27 Technical SpecificationsEdit

Component Specification
Monocoque McLaren-moulded carbon-fibre composite incorporating front and side impact structures
Front suspension Inboard torsion bar/damper system operated by pushrod 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. Separate engine cover, sidepods and floor. Structural nose with integral front wing. Driver-operated drag reduction system
Tyres Pirelli P Zero
Weight 640 kg (including driver)
Radio Kenwood
Race wheels Enkei
Brake callipers Akebono
Master cylinders Akebono
Batteries GS Yuasa Corporation
Steering McLaren power assisted
Instruments McLaren Electronic Systems
Paint solutions AkzoNobel Car Refinishes using Sikkens products
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

Mercedes FO 108Z Technical SpecificationsEdit

Component Specification
Type Mercedes-Benz FO 108Z
Capacity 2.4 litres
Engine placement Mid-mount
Engine configuration V
Cylinders 8
Maximum RPM 18,000
Bank angle 90°
Piston bore maximum 98 mm
Number of valves 32
Fuel ExxonMobil High Performance Unleaded (5.75% bio fuel)
Spark Plugs NGK racing spark plugs specially designed for Formula One
Lubricants Mobil 1 – combining greater performance, protection and cooling with increased economy and lower emissions
Weight 95 kg (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

ResultsEdit

As McLaren-MercedesEdit

Round Race Entrant Constructor Driver Grid Race
1 Australian Grand Prix Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren-Mercedes Jenson Button 2nd 1st
Lewis Hamilton 1st 3rd
2 Malaysian Grand Prix Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren-Mercedes Jenson Button 2nd 14th
Lewis Hamilton 1st 3rd
3 Chinese Grand Prix Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren-Mercedes Jenson Button 5th 2nd
Lewis Hamilton 7th 3rd
4 Bahrain Grand Prix Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren-Mercedes Jenson Button 4th 18th*
Lewis Hamilton 2nd 8th
5 Spanish Grand Prix Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren-Mercedes Jenson Button 10th 9th
Lewis Hamilton 24th 8th
6 Monaco Grand Prix Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren-Mercedes Jenson Button 12th 16th*
Lewis Hamilton 3rd 5th
7 Canadian Grand Prix Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren-Mercedes Jenson Button 10th 16th
Lewis Hamilton 2nd 1st
8 European Grand Prix Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren-Mercedes Jenson Button 9th 8th
Lewis Hamilton 2nd 19th*
9 British Grand Prix Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren-Mercedes Jenson Button 16th 10th
Lewis Hamilton 8th 8th
10 German Grand Prix Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren-Mercedes Jenson Button 6th 2nd
Lewis Hamilton 7th Ret
11 Hungarian Grand Prix Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren-Mercedes Jenson Button 4th 6th
Lewis Hamilton 1st 1st
12 Belgian Grand Prix Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren-Mercedes Jenson Button 1st 1st
Lewis Hamilton 7th Ret
13 Italian Grand Prix Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren-Mercedes Jenson Button 2nd Ret
Lewis Hamilton 1st 1st
14 Singapore Grand Prix Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren-Mercedes Jenson Button 4th 2nd
Lewis Hamilton 1st Ret
15 Japanese Grand Prix Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren-Mercedes Jenson Button 8th 4th
Lewis Hamilton 9th 5th
16 Korean Grand Prix Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren-Mercedes Jenson Button 11th Ret
Lewis Hamilton 3rd 10th
17 Indian Grand Prix Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren-Mercedes Jenson Button 4th 5th
Lewis Hamilton 3rd 4th
18 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren-Mercedes Jenson Button 5th 4th
Lewis Hamilton 1st Ret
19 United States Grand Prix Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren-Mercedes Jenson Button 12th 5th
Lewis Hamilton 2nd 1st
20 Brazilian Grand Prix Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren-Mercedes Jenson Button 2nd 1st
Lewis Hamilton 1st Ret

* Retired, but completed enough distance to be classified.

Qualified on pole, but was excluded from qualifying for not having enough fuel left after completing his final qualifying lap.

StatisticsEdit

NotesEdit

  1. Jones, Bruce (2012). The Official BBC SPORT Guide Formula One 2012, P. 15. Carlton. ISBN 978-1-78097-031-8.
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Teams Red Bull | McLaren | Ferrari | Mercedes | Lotus | Force India | Sauber | Toro Rosso | Williams | Caterham | HRT | Marussia
Engines Renault | Mercedes | Ferrari | Cosworth
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