Pic: 2009 McLaren F1

{ Posted on Apr 15 2008 by dScribe }
Categories : Technical F1

EDIT (1 Feb 2009): This post was made in April 2008 people! YES, we know it’s an older car modified to some 2009 specs (obviously not all the specs). And YES, we think the realy 2009 cars are ugly as hell! ;)

With F1 testing resuming this week, it looks like we’ve been given a sneak peek of the 2009 grid courtesy of McLaren (picture from gpupdate.net):

2009 McLaren F1

I have to say, the car looks a lot better. While the rear wing is technically much less effective, it’s cleaner, and thus looks faster (important for the fans ;) ). The front wing is still a bit ugly, but the limited flip-ups again make the car look cleaner.

Best feature all up though has to be the return of slick tyres!! :D

56 Responses to “Pic: 2009 McLaren F1”

  1. Isn’t that just this year’s car with 2009-spec slicks and a low-drag aero kit – possibly Canada specification? I think the 2009 cars are expected to have sidepod wings banner which this car clearly has.

    Great to see slicks back though. Hope they do give it the thumbs-up, it’s looking promising.

  2. Its more like this year’s car with monza specification – the rear wing is similar to those on the mp4-22 in Monza last yr.

  3. To be honest, i found the car hollow… could any one help me???

  4. I am not a Mclaren fan and Lewis Hamilton dosent interest me, i am a Michael Schumacher fan and Ferrari and has Schumi is retired he is still in my heart but i reckon Kimi and Felipe will bring home the world champion for me in 2008. thats all that matters.

  5. This is a 2008 car! The Front wing in 2009 will be lower and wider for a start and the rear wing will also be narrower.
    Definately just a low downforce set-up.

  6. As the press release says, they’re running a aero config as close as possible to the 2009 specs.

  7. I don’t like this aero cause it’s too simply,nowadays i like the aero because they have lot of small additional element in the car,one of element can be very important,and it’s amazing

  8. This is an ‘08 car in which they simulated expected 09 downforce/drag levels. They were given 9sets of Bridgestone slicks to test in Barcelona for the first time. I’m gonna miss the highly technical aero setups, but more passing sounds like something the sport needs. I just hope the cars are drivable from the 1st race on.

    The energy recovery system sounds wierd but kind of intriguing. I just wish they’d stop trying to ruin the sport with some of the crap they are pulling. The one set of tires season was garbage. We’ve got Mad Max disgracing the sport in unmentionable fashion.

    The lack of traction control/universal box has been interesting despite the fact that McClaren got the contract, I still don’t understand why Magnetti Marelli didn’t get it.

    No more US GP and now the British GP will be at Donnington Park from 2010 on… Inside GP didn’t even mention a thing about Silverstone when they did the history of the British GP just this last week. Hopefully Uncle Herman goes easy on the novacaine with the Donnington redesign but the GP will never be the same when it leaves Silverstone.

  9. Oi Guys,

    This picture was from Mclaren testing this year (08) i think ay Catalunya or maybe it was Jerez :s but i remember on one of the 3 testing days some teams ran (09) spec cars (50% downforce) so yer it’s the MP4-23 with 50% downforce which is 09 regs…

  10. wish they would take the crucifix off the top though

  11. this years car, low areo slick test from around the middle of this year im affraid not an o9 model at all ! the only team to roll out any 09 spec as of yet is williams at jerez yesturday (16th sept)

  12. fuck them and fuck hamilton!!

  13. The essence of f1 race is speed, speed and more speed and also g force. But fuckin moron max mosley put restriction in their development again! if he do so, i’ll absent for 2009 season and so on, until they get faster.

  14. hamilton is a looooooser – 2008 massa will win an hamilton will lose again hahahahahaha


  16. marco messerli you sound abit in bread to me, this thread is about 2009 spec cars you twat, on massa, good luck to him, but there again hes had enough already hasnt he, its going to be great watching him in the rain with less downforce next yeah, lol

  17. well if lewis hamilton doesnt win this year at least he has a pussy cat doll to stick his cock in when he gets home!! lol

  18. Well, I think the Hamilton detractors may now eat their words. While he is not the most popular driver, one does need to respect that in his second season, he IS now F1 World Champion.

    I was hoping that Massa would take it, but watching the race, I think Hamilton took a very conservative approach, too conservative on my view, and only just made it by passing Glock in the very final few 100 meters of the race.

    As to the image of the 2009 car, I don’t believe that it is. The whole body is still very 2008 and the lack of winglets and other aero devices, does point to a test car in, what is supposed to be, 2009 spec.

  19. Get off his back! Hamilton may do annoying things like in Canada and Japan, but he is a deserving and good champion. Stop Abusing Him! Schu is the best!

    About the 2009 designs. I think that they are alright. Although the wing look very high at the rear end, I think that it is alright. They should have kept the height low, just kept it thin. Hopefully it will promote teams to make distinctive good-looking cars, such as McLAren’s “anteater” nose 1997-03 or their “thin chip” 04-present and their FAT FLAT nose (2005). Or Williams’ “walrus” (2004) or their elegant nose before that.

    NO MORE mediocre fins which midddle order teams just copied, the cars will be different and good-looking!

  20. pues la erdad este tipo de carro para la proxima temporada 2009 es muy feo comparandolo con los de la temporada que acaba de pasar, es logico que los carros debian de sufrir un cambio por la nuevas llantas slide pero el cambio deberia de ser tambien estetico y no solo en el rendimiento…

  21. Is just this years car with slicks. Take away all of the fancy endplates, reduce the back wing by 250mm increase the front by about the same and you might have somthing resembling next years car.

  22. OK. Guys, I suggest you all stop critisizing these drivers. Weather you are a Hamilton fan or Massa or who ever do not critisize them. These drivers have reached the pinical of road racing and you should give them a little respect.

  23. hamilton is schumacher, look at how shumi’s career started, in the way that he was aggressive, took other drivers out ect. i think the sport is going all nancy on us, its meant to be fast and slightly dangerous but now your safer in an f1 car than your car on the driveway! there not at their full potential and its starting to bore me.

  24. do you think its wrong how the two mr bigs of f1 , max and bernie, always seem to support ferria

  25. this car i think is the best one in the f1.

  26. this car is very good in the f1

  27. Thank god for hamilton someone with bollocks who can drive a race car to pasted its limits and with out driving people of the track like passed so called champs very hard but fair driver.if other drivers drove like this they could also have a chance of winning, It is a motor race although in very very expensive cars.Please please more overtaking on the track and less in the pits and leave out the politics there getting very boring.let the racing speak for its self…


  29. I think that is very good car in f1 after the ferrari which is the best car in f1 all these years exept the season 2005. Raikkonen is is more aggressive than Hamilton,but fucking Hamilton has more reliable.So I think if Raikkonen push himself he surely take the Championship.
    Now about 2009 designs.I think thay are okay.Although the wing look very high at the rear end, I think that it’s fine.
    But i am not a Mclaren fan and Lewis Hamilton doesn’t interest me, i am fun of Raikkonen and Massa and I am telling you that Raikkonen or Massa will take the Championship this year.So Stfu{Shut The Fuck Up} Hamilton. LoL…????

  30. Not the new car. The aerodynamics are the “old” style. Poor post.

  31. dude…(?) it sucks that hamilton won the 2008 World Championship!!

    Timmo Glock: WHY THE HELL DIDN’T YOU USE THE RAIN-TIRES????? YOU F*****G F**K F**K!!!!!!!!!!


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  34. teh ferrari F1 ‘09 looks freaking small and i think the nose break at the smallest bump into another car… that could be a disadvantage (last word probably spelled wrong but i’m danish so to hell with that… :) )

  35. Guys, i think that Hamilton is gay :D

  36. Na Na NaNA NA Hamilton is the world champion and should have been in his rookie year…watch him do it again in 09 Ha Ha Ha

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  39. Hamilton is the new breed of driver and will always be the best, I like the shape of the MP4-24 but there is less downforce and weak on corners, Thanks to the new improvement on body work it made hamilton win the 2009 Hungary race. thanks to the guys in the factory.

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