After months of speculation, McLaren finally unveiled their new 2017 car today, complete with a new ‘dynamic orange’ livery further cementing the changes which have recently been made at the company.
The winter has been one of change at McLaren, with Zak Brown replacing Ron Dennis bringing a change of direction with the ambition of brining the team to the front of the grid again. Following a swell of support, the livery on the car has also changed drastically for the first time in nearly 20 years. With the new Tarocco Orange, custom made for McLaren, it harks back to the teams past, as well as looking at the future.
Team owner Mansour Ojjeh said, “Its colour scheme incorporates a significant nod to our team’s founder, the great Bruce McLaren, but it’s deliberately not orange all over. The black stripes and white trims not only add to the overall aesthetic effect, but also reference more recent colour schemes as well as the traditional corporate colour of our much-valued power unit partner, Honda, whose engineers have been toiling night and day over the past few months.”
That feeling was echoed by Racing Director Eric Boullier, “Within McLaren-Honda, there’s a tangible feeling of progress, of change. This year’s rules reset is a valuable opportunity for us – it will allow us to make progress with what we feel is a well ordered and clearly defined chassis-engine package, and hopefully to narrow the delta between us and the front-running teams.
“The addition of a striking orange and black paint job reinforces the notion that we’re moving away from what immediately preceded it, but it’s the engineering detail on the MCL32 that really impresses me. It’s the result of a huge amount of work from a team that has really developed together over the past few years. The chassis is incredibly well realised, the power unit has been significantly developed and, in Fernando and Stoffel, we have a hugely exciting driver pairing that’s already blending really well.”
The excitement in the team for producing a good car is noticeable, despite the realisation that Mercedes look to have made another step in performance, particularly in the engine department. Unlike the new Ferrari and Mercedes cars though, the McLaren doesn’t feature the new T Wing (or Seagull as some are calling it), but does have the now familiar shark fin engine cover.