McLaren MP4-23

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McLaren MP4-23
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Category Formula One
Constructor McLaren
Designer(s) Paddy Lowe
(Engineering Director)
Neil Oatley
(Design and Development Director)
Tim Goss (Chief Engineer)
Doug McKiernan
(Chief Aerodynamicist)
Predecessor MP4-22
Successor MP4-24
Technical specifications
Chassis Moulded carbon fibre/aluminium honeycomb composite incorporating front and side impact structures
Suspension (front) Adjustable double wish-bone arrangement
Suspension (rear) Adjustable double wish-bone arrangement
Engine Mercedes-Benz FO 108V 2.4 litre V8 Naturally aspirated, 19,000 RPM Limited mid-mounted
Transmission McLaren, 7 forward speeds + 1 reverse Semi-automatic
Fuel Mobil Unleaded (5.75% bio fuel)
Mobil 1 Lubricants, newly developed 2008 formula for lower friction and better wear resistance
Tyres Bridgestone Potenza
Enkei Wheels Front & Rear
Competition history
Notable entrants Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
Notable drivers 22. United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
23. Finland Heikki Kovalainen
Debut 2008 Australian Grand Prix
Races Wins Podiums Poles F.Laps
18 6 13 8 3
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 1 (Lewis Hamilton, 2008)

The McLaren MP4-23 was Vodafone McLaren-Mercedes' Formula One car for the 2008 Formula One season. It was revealed at Mercedes-Benz's motor sport museum in Stuttgart on 7 January 2008,[1] and it had its first on-track appearance at Jerez in Spain on 9 January.[2] The car won the 2008 World Driver's Championship in the hands of Lewis Hamilton, but finished 2nd in the constructor's championship which was won by Ferrari. The car, along with its rivals during the season marked the end of an era of complex aerodynamic appendages on the bodywork, which would be banned for the 2009 season.


Following the 2007 Formula One espionage controversy the MP4-23 was subject to FIA inspection before the start of the 2008 season, to determine if any Ferrari intellectual property was on the car.[3][4] After an admission that the Ferrari information was disseminated more widely throughout the team than was originally thought and apology by McLaren on 13 December 2007, and a pledge that measures would be taken to rectify the situation, the FIA decided that there was no need for a formal hearing and the matter was considered closed.[5][6]

Revisions from the MP4-22 included a longer wheelbase, the removal of the "bullhorn" winglets from the airbox and a new rear wing which differed both in main profile and its endplates.[7][8] In the pre-German Grand Prix testing, the car was run with a "shark fin" engine cover, as sported by cars such as the Renault R28 and the Red Bull RB4, but the team did not permanently run it.[9]

At the 2008 Hungarian Grand Prix, some new aerodynamic parts were added, including "dumbo wings" on the nose, similar to those used by Honda on the RA108, which were temporarily removed at the Italian Grand Prix but reinstated for the rest of the season.

The MP4-23 was succeeded by the MP4-24.

Photos and media

Complete Formula One results

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Points WCC
Hamilton 1 5 13 3 2 1 Ret 10 1 1 5 2 3 7 3 12 1 5
Kovalainen 5 3 5 Ret 12 8 9 4 5 5 1 4 10 2 10 Ret Ret 7

Notes and references

  1. "McLaren unveils title contender". ITV. 2008-01-07. Retrieved 2008-01-08.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "De la Rosa debuts the MP4-23 in Spain". 2008-01-09. Retrieved 2008-01-09.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "McLaren hit by constructors' ban". BBC. 2007-09-13. Retrieved 2008-01-08.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. FIA Technical Department (2007-12-05). "Report by the Federation Internationale De L'Automobile Technical Department to the World Motor Sport Council" (PDF). FIA. Retrieved 2008-01-08. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>[dead link]
  5. "McLaren Statement" (Press release). McLaren. 2007-12-13. Retrieved 2008-01-08.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "McLaren Apology and Undertakings" (Press release). FIA. 2007-12-13. Retrieved 2008-01-08.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "2008 Ultimate Season Review". F1 Racing. Haymarket. March 2008. pp. 99–101.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. McLaren MP4-23 - rear wing
  9. "McLaren vows to keep pushing for titles". ITV-F1. 11/07/2008. Check date values in: |date= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Preceded by
McLaren MP4-22
Racing Car Of The Year

Succeeded by
Brawn BGP 001