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McLaren launches the MP4-24

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16/01/2009

McLaren has unveiled its 2009 contender, the MP4-24, the car with which Lewis Hamilton aims to defend his World Championship title.

With an unprecedented series of rule changes introduced ahead of the 2009 season, the MP4-24 represents a significant departure from its championship-winning predecessor.

Incorporating new bodywork regulations and the much-heralded return of slick tyres, the Woking team's new challenger not only looks radical but also incorporates a host of new innovative features under the skin, such as a sophisticated kinetic energy recovery system (KERS). While still retaining the distinctive family look established with both the MP4-22 and MP4-23, this year's car is visually very different from its predecessors as a result of two main factors:

Aerodynamics

This year's aerodynamic regulations were framed by the FIA and the Overtaking Working Group (helmed by Vodafone McLaren Mercedes engineering director Paddy Lowe, Ferrari's Rory Byrne and Renault's Pat Symonds) which met throughout 2007 in order to address the issues affecting passing in Formula 1.

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