McLaren MP4-23
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McLaren MP4-23

McLaren MP4-23
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CategoryFormula One
Designer(s)Paddy Lowe (Engineering Director)
Neil Oatley (Design and Development Director)
Tim Goss (Chief Engineer)
Andrew Bailey (Chief Designer)
Simon Lacey (Head of Aerodynamics)
Technical specifications
ChassisMoulded carbon fibre/aluminium honeycomb composite incorporating front and side impact structures
Suspension (front)Adjustable double wish-bone arrangement
Suspension (rear)Adjustable double wish-bone arrangement
EngineMercedes-Benz FO 108V 2.4 litre V8 Naturally aspirated, mid-engined
TransmissionMcLaren Applied Technologies 7-speed + 1 reverse sequential seamless semi-automatic paddle shift with epicyclic differential and multi-plate limited slip clutch
Power750-810 hp @ 19,000 RPM (Limited)
FuelMobil Unleaded (5.75% bio fuel)
Mobil 1 Lubricants, newly developed 2008 formula for lower friction and better wear resistance
TyresBridgestone Potenza
Enkei Wheels Front & Rear
Competition history
Notable entrantsVodafone McLaren Mercedes
Notable drivers22. United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
23. Finland Heikki Kovalainen
Debut2008 Australian Grand Prix
Constructors' Championships0
Drivers' Championships1 (Lewis Hamilton, 2008)

The McLaren MP4-23 is a Formula One racing car used by Vodafone McLaren Mercedes during the 2008 Formula One season. The chassis was designed by Paddy Lowe, Neil Oatley, Tim Goss, Andrew Bailey and Simon Lacey with Mario Illien designing the Mercedes-Benz engine. It was revealed at Mercedes-Benz's motor sport museum in Stuttgart on 7 January 2008,[1] and it had its first on-track appearance at Circuito Permanente de Jerez in Spain on 9 January.[2] The car won the 2008 World Drivers' Championship in the hands of Lewis Hamilton, but finished 2nd in the Constructors' Championship which was won by Ferrari. The car, along with its rivals during the season marked the end of an era of complex aerodynamic appendages on the bodywork, which would be banned for the 2009 season.


Following the 2007 Formula One espionage controversy the MP4-23 was subject to FIA inspection before the start of the 2008 season, to determine if any Ferrari intellectual property was on the car.[3][4] After an admission that the Ferrari information was disseminated more widely throughout the team than was originally thought an apology by McLaren on 13 December 2007, and a pledge that measures would be taken to rectify the situation, caused the FIA to decide that there was no need for a formal hearing and the matter was considered closed.[5][6]

Revisions from the MP4-22 included a longer wheelbase, the removal of the "bullhorn" winglets from the airbox and a new rear wing which differed both in main profile and its endplates.[7][8] In the pre-German Grand Prix testing, the car was run with a "shark fin" engine cover, as sported by cars such as the Renault R28 and the Red Bull RB4, but the team did not permanently run it.[9]

At the 2008 Hungarian Grand Prix, some new aerodynamic parts were added, including "dumbo wings" on the nose, similar to those used by Honda on the RA108, which were temporarily removed at the Italian Grand Prix but reinstated for the rest of the season.

The MP4-23 was succeeded by the MP4-24.

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Complete Formula One results

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Points WCC
Hamilton 1 5 13 3 2 1 Ret 10 1 1 5 2 3 7 3 12 1 5
Kovalainen 5 3 5 Ret 12 8 9 4 5 5 1 4 10+ 2 10 Ret Ret 7

Notes and references

  1. ^ "McLaren unveils title contender". ITV. 7 January 2008. Archived from the original on 9 January 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  2. ^ "De la Rosa debuts the MP4-23 in Spain". 9 January 2008. Archived from the original on 6 August 2014. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ "McLaren hit by constructors' ban". BBC. 13 September 2007. Retrieved 2008.
  4. ^ FIA Technical Department (5 December 2007). "Report by the Federation Internationale De L'Automobile Technical Department to the World Motor Sport Council" (PDF). FIA. Retrieved 2008. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)[dead link]
  5. ^ "McLaren Statement" (Press release). McLaren. 13 December 2007. Archived from the original on 14 December 2007. Retrieved 2008.
  6. ^ "McLaren Apology and Undertakings" (Press release). FIA. 13 December 2007. Archived from the original on 14 December 2007. Retrieved 2008.
  7. ^ "2008 Ultimate Season Review". F1 Racing. Haymarket. March 2008. pp. 99-101.
  8. ^ "McLaren MP4-23 - rear wing". 16 March 2008. Archived from the original on 18 March 2008.
  9. ^ "McLaren vows to keep pushing for titles". ITV-F1. 11 July 2008. Archived from the original on 12 July 2008.

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Preceded by
McLaren MP4-22
Racing Car of the Year

Succeeded by
Brawn BGP 001

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