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Posted: 08 Feb 2011
McLaren has unveiled its contender for the 2011 Formula One season. By building it in front of a live audience.
In the most dramatic - and bizarre - F1 launches so far, Vodafone competition winners carried in bits of the MP4-26 and handed them over to Important Men from McLaren. Messrs Hamilton and Button were the last to arrive, carrying the steering wheel and headrest.
Unveiled on the site of the old Berlin wall in, err, Berlin, the MP4-26 features KERS and an adjustable rear wing, as per the new rules. Don't forget, McLaren were the first team to win an F1 race with KERS when Lewis snatched a win in Hungary 2009.
The MP4-26 also features an unusual ‘U'-shaped sidepod arrangement which McLaren says is to direct air to the rear of the car more efficiently.
Looks good, right? The new McFormulaOne motor will undergo a private test in Spain next week, followed by team track testing in Jerez on Thursday.