Video: Technical Lowdown: McLaren Mercedes MP4-29

See Sam Michael, McLaren Mercedes Sporting Director, giving an in-depth insight into the 2014 McLaren Mercedes MP4-29. Take a closer look at the technical specifications of the 2014 Formula 1 season.


Monocoque Carbon-fiber composite incorporating driver cockpit controls and fuel cell.
Safety structures Cockpit survival cell incorporating impact resistant construction and penetration panels, front impact structure, prescribed side impact structures, integrated rear impact structure, front and rear roll structures
Bodywork Carbon-fiber composite. including engine cover, sidepods, floor, nose, front wing and rear wing
Driver-operated drag reduction system
Front suspension Carbon-fiber wishbone and pushrod suspension elements operating inboard torsion bar and damper system
Rear suspension Carbon-fiber wishbone and pullrod suspension elements operating inboard torsion bar and damper system
Weight Overall vehicle weight no more than 690kg without fuel
Weight distribution between 45.5% and 46.5%
(Subject to tire weight adjustments and axle weight limits)
Electronics McLaren Applied Technologies. Including chassis control, engine control, data acquisition, alternator, sensors, data analysis and telemetry
Instruments McLaren Applied Technologies dashboard

Lubricants & fluids
Mobilith SHC™ 1500 Grease – high-temperature drive-shaft tripod lubrication
Mobilith SHC™ 220 Grease – low rolling-resistance ceramic wheel bearing lubrication
Mobil SHC™ Hydraulic Oil – high-pressure, high-temperature hydraulic fluid used for driver, transmission and power-unit control actuators

Brake system
Akebono calipers and master cylinders
Akebono 'brake by wire' rear brake control system
Carbon discs and pads

Steering McLaren Racing power-assisted
Tires Pirelli P Zero
Race wheels Enkei
Radio Kenwood
Paint AkzoNobel Car Refinishes system using Sikkens products

Power Unit

Type Mercedes-Benz PU106A Hybrid
Minimum weight145 kg
Primary PU components
Internal Combustion Engine (ICE)
Motor Generator Unit – Kinetic (MGU-K)
Motor Generator Unit – Heat (MGU-H)
Energy store (ES)
Control electronics

Internal Combustion Engine

Capacity 1.6 liters
Cylinders Six
Bank angle 90 degree vee angle
No of valves 24
Max speed15,000 rpm
Max fuel flow rate 100kg/hour (above 10,500 rpm)
Fuel consumption 100kg 'lights to flag' regulated fuel capacity limit
Fuel injection 500bar direct injection, single injector per cylinder
Pressure charging Single-stage compressor and exhaust turbine, common shaft
Lubricant Mobil 1 Engine Oil – high-protection low-friction lubricant and coolant, for high durability and improved fuel economy
Fuel ExxonMobil High Performance Unleaded (5.75% bio fuel)

Energy Recovery System

Integrated Hybrid energy recovery via Motor Generator Units
Crankshaft coupled electrical MGU-K
Turbocharger coupled electrical MGU-H
Energy store
Lithium-Ion battery, between 20 and 25 kg
Maximum energy storage, 4 MJ per lap
Maximum speed, 50,000 rpm
Maximum power, 120 kW
Maximum energy recovery, 2 MJ per lap
Maximum energy deployment, 4 MJ per lap
Maximum speed 125,000 rpm
Maximum power, unlimited
Maximum energy recovery, unlimited
Maximum energy deployment, unlimited


Gearbox Carbon-fiber composite case
Gears Eight forward and one reverse
Gear selection McLaren Racing hand-operated seamless-shift
Differential Epicyclic differential with multi-plate limited-slip clutch
Clutch Carbon/carbon, hand-operated
Lubricant Mobil 1 SHC Gear Oil – Low traction-loss, high-efficiency gear and bearing lubricant and coolant

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