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  McLaren MP4-23 Mercedes
 

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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced in:2008
Predecessor:McLaren MP4-22 Mercedes
Successor:McLaren MP4-24 Mercedes
Source:Company press release
Last updated:January 10, 2008
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Click here to download printer friendly versionThe first design meeting for the MP4-23 took place back in November 2006 with early layout work starting in March 2007. Wind tunnel work commenced in late May 2007. Since then the MP4-23 has spent over 3000 hours being developed in the wind tunnel. The first MP4-23 chassis was ready for bonding in mid November 2007.

Lewis Hamilton, Pedro de la Rosa and Gary Paffett had their provisional seat fittings for the MP4-23 back in September 2007. Heikki Kovalainen was fitted for his seat shortly after being announced as a Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver.

The car build process for chassis 1 began in early December 2007 and was finished in early January 2008.

Throughout the development process 150 different engineers have been involved in the whole project in all disciplines.

14000 engineering man hours have so far been put into the MP4-23 development project.

A similar number applies to the manufacturing man hours involved to produce the MP4-23 in time for its track debut on the 9th January 2008.

The MP4-23 is an evolution of the MP4-22 and as such there is no significant visual difference currently, however between now and the first race in Australia there are planned upgrades on most of the aerodynamic surfaces, wings, bodywork, bargeboards and additional bodywork components.

Alongside the development of the 2008 challenger, concept work has been started for the 2009 car since November 2007, with the KERS project (energy storage) beginning a year ago.

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  Article Image gallery (18) Specifications