The Woking-based McLaren team has announced a substantial number of alterations to its MCL-60 car ahead of the forthcoming race at the Marina Bay circuit. They aim to address their performance in slow corners with these technical updates.
These modifications touch several critical aspects of the vehicle. However, the most notable is a daring new approach to the sidepod design, characterized by a considerably deep ‘water-slide’ track.
The team has adjusted the shape and size of its sidepod inlet, paving the way for a profound depression in the upper sidepod region. Meanwhile, they’ve kept a significant undercut to assist the car’s aerodynamics.
The changes to the sidepod are paired with a modified engine cover, engineered to steer airflow effectively, aiding the floor in generating more downforce. The floor structure has also seen a makeover with new fences, a modified edge, and a distinctive diffuser shape to handle a greater load.
McLaren has also turned its focus to other pivotal areas of the MCL-60. This includes a new front and rear wing endplate geometry, extra aerodynamic parts surrounding the Halo, and a heavily loaded beam wing geometry that matches the high downforce environment of the Singapore circuit.
In addition, the MCL-60 now features an adapted rear toe link shroud on the rear suspension. Working together with a new brake duct geometry, this serves to further boost performance at the rear of the car.
For this weekend’s Singapore GP, Lando Norris will be the sole driver to benefit from the complete upgrade package. Nonetheless, only certain parts will be available to Oscar Piastri this time. Both drivers will have their cars fitted with all new components for the upcoming Japanese GP next weekend.
Speaking about the updates, Norris revealed that the key focal point was on enhancing performance in slow corners, which has been an Achilles heel for the car this season. “Probably since Austria, it is the thing that we believe will kind of help us move forward the most since then,” he stated.
He added, “Obviously, we’ve not run it on the track yet and so we don’t want to say too much until we’ve actually got it to work properly but it’s a good step.” He further commended the team’s efforts in implementing the updates on one of the cars for this race, promising the rest for the subsequent race in Japan. “So, it is an exciting couple of weekends for us,” he declared.