McLaren has unveiled the new McLaren-Honda MP4-30, the first McLaren car to be powered by a Honda engine for 23 years. The car will be raced this year by Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button. The car is an evolution of last year’s design but fitted with Honda’s RA615H Hybrid power unit. The new car features a livery that seems to be moving away from the team’s chrome look, with a large amount of black. It is not clear whether this will be final livery. The car is the work of a much-revised engineering department in Woking. The car will begin testing at Jerez de la Frontera on Sunday. The team retains backing from TAG Heuer, Johnnie Walker and Hilton Worldwide. There is additional support from CNN and professional services company KPMG, plus the coffee brand Segafredo Zanetti. The team has space available for additional sponsorship.
“We’re prepared for a steep learning curve, but it’s clear to see that inside McLaren-Honda there’s total commitment, and a real change in feeling, as we start this new partnership,” says Fernando Alonso. “We’re all focused on the challenge ahead, and I feel extremely honoured to be part of a relationship that has shared so much history together. My aim is to help write a new chapter in the history of McLaren-Honda. We understand the effort and teamwork required to take McLaren-Honda back to where it should be, at the front of the grid, and all our energy as a team is focused on that goal.”
“There’s real hunger to demonstrate the capabilities of the huge talent pool we share between us, and I’m totally committed to driving progress and achieving further success,” says Ron Dennis.”The launch of the McLaren-Honda MP4-30 marks the start of a lengthy journey. We’ve come a long way already and, although there’s a lot of work to do before we can expect to repeat the level of success we enjoyed together 25-or-so years ago, it’s already clear that there’s enormous synergy and potential in our partnership, and I’m positive that, together, we’ll get to where we want to be: winning Grands Prix and eventually World Championships as McLaren-Honda.”