McLaren has revealed some updates to their Formula 1 car, the MCL60, with Lando Norris being the first to have these updates available to him. Unfortunately for his teammate Oscar Piastri, he will have to wait until the British Grand Prix to get these updates as the team is still preparing enough parts for both sides of the garage.
Similar to other teams like Mercedes and Ferrari, McLaren has made a directional shift in their design concept. They have switched to the now-common downwash ramp-style solution. This change seems to have been influenced by the front-end of the pack, taking design cues from both the Red Bull RB19 and Aston Martin AMR23.
One of the RB19 influences can be seen in the open top, underbite-style sidepod inlet. This design allows for a shallower opening and a more generous undercut to be employed. It now reaches further down the sidepod assembly and tapers into the floor, where the metal support stay intersects the bodywork and anchors at the engine cover. The changes made to the inlet also required the repositioning of the rear view mirror body and stays to improve flow downstream. The halo also has a new fairing with a blade-style transition and a winglet mounted on the side.
The sidepods of the MCL60 have drawn attention for their similarity in design to the Aston Martin AMR23. McLaren has opted for a deeper solution compared to other teams, directing airflow into the coke bottle region at the rear of the car. The airflow’s passage over the rear of the car is further altered by a reprofiling of the engine cover, which has also resulted in the movement and resizing of the cooling gill panel.
Aside from the sidepods, the floor of the MCL60 has also been heavily revised. Most of the technical aspects are hidden underneath, but there are still some noticeable changes on the upper surfaces. The floor fences have been redesigned and repositioned to enhance the performance of the front corner of the underfloor. The bulge used to conceal the lower SIS within the structure of the floor has been increased in size, and the rear cutout and flap arrangement before the rear tire have been discarded.
These updates to the MCL60 show McLaren‘s commitment to improving their performance on the track. Fans and experts alike will be eagerly watching to see how these changes will impact the team’s performance in the upcoming races.