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Front wing

The most important part of a Formula 1 car. It is the first part of the car to meet the air, and as such it plays a crucial role in defining the air flows around the vehicle. The downforce it produces enables to single-seater to carry high speed through the corners and to brake far later than any other car.


Developed and produced by the FIA, its objective is to repel any flying object that could become a threat to the safety of the driver and the most exposed part of its body: the head. It is the first system of its kind in Formula 1 and it grants an unprecedented level of safety.


The word 'engine' falls short when it comes to define the high-technologic power-trains of modern Formula 1 cars. The term 'power-unit' is more appropriate. In this case, it embodies a Renault V6 Turbo 1.6 litre engine together with a hybrid system that utilizes the heat of the exhaust (MGU-H) and the energy recovered under braking (MGU-K). It also includes an Electric Control Unit and batteries.


Tyres are the only part of the car in contact with the track-surface. The front-end ones have a diameter of 305 millimetres. The rear ones, of 405. Pirelli has designed five different compounds for dry conditions that vary in terms of durability and grip. Three out of those five compounds will be selected for each Grand Prix. There are two wet compounds, too.


The McLaren F1 Team is history in the making in Formula 1. Its racing record includes eight World Drivers' Championships and twelve World Constructors' Championships. It was founded in 1963, created by the visionary New Zealander Bruce McLaren, whose drive and determination defined a philosophy that it is still at the core of the team. World Champions of the caliber of Ayrton Senna and Alain Prostate built their legend at the wheel of a McLaren car.



The McLaren F1 Team is part of the McLaren Group, a conglomerate of companies that includes the Motorsport division, the high-end automotive manufacturer McLaren Automotive and the technology company McLaren Applied Technology. The headquarters of the company are in the outskirts of Woking, in the United Kingdom. The McLaren Technology Centre, designed by Norman Foster, is built on a 500.000 square meter site. It's futuristic architecture has earned it multiple international recognitions.