McLaren have revealed a concept F1 car, the MP4-X
Woking team say car is a 'unique conceptual take on motor racing's future'; "That is one sexy bit of kit," adds Jenson Button
Last Updated: 03/12/15 12:23pm
McLaren have revealed a concept F1 car, the MP4-X, which they say is a 'unique conceptual take on motor racing's future'.
According to the Woking team, the car 'looks visually striking, but it is beneath the skin where the changes are most apparent.
'MP4-X is designed to harness alternative power sources; the chassis changes shape to adapt to different aerodynamic demands; and it can communicate in the event of a failure or a problem'.
"With the futuristic McLaren MP4-X concept racecar, we wanted to peer into the future and imagine the art of the possible," said John Allert, Group Brand Director, McLaren Technology Group.
"We have combined a number of F1's key ingredients - speed, excitement and performance, with the sport's emerging narratives - such as enclosed cockpits to enhance driver safety, and hybrid power technologies.
"Formula 1 is the ultimate gladiatorial sport, and the future we envisage will be a high tech, high performance showcase that excites fans like no other sport."
Jenson Button's reaction was more to the point. "That is one sexy bit of kit, when can I drive it?!" the McLaren driver tweeted, adding "This is my Christmas bonus right?!"
McLaren are not the first team to take a peek into the future - or how they think it will look. Ferrari unveiled their own concept car earlier this year, as have Red Bull with their designer Adrian Newey.