|Designer(s)||Tim Goss (Technical Director)|
Matt Morris (Engineering Director)
Phil Prew (Chief Engineer)
Mark Williams (Head of Vehicle Engineering)
Mark Ingham (Head of Vehicle Design)
Marcin Budkowski (Head of Aerodynamics)
Doug McKeirnan (Chief Aerodynamicist)
|Chassis||Carbon-fibre composite incorporating driver cockpit controls and fuel cell|
|Suspension (front)||Carbon-fibre wishbone and pushrod suspension elements operating inboard torsion bar and damper system|
|Suspension (rear)||Carbon-fibre wishbone and pull-rod suspension elements operating inboard torsion bar and damper system|
|Length||5,100 mm (201 in)|
|Width||1,800 mm (71 in)|
|Height||950 mm (37 in)|
|Wheelbase||3,460 mm (136 in) adjustable -/+20 mm (0.7874 in)|
|Engine||Mercedes PU106A Hybrid Turbo 1.6 L (98 cu in) V6 (90°), 15,000 RPM limited , in a mid-mounted, rear-wheel drive layout|
|Electric motor||Mercedes PU106A Hybrid Motor Generator Unit-Kinetic (MGU-K) |
Mercedes PU106A Hybrid Motor Generator Unit-Heat (MGU-H)
|Transmission||McLaren Applied Technologies 8-speed + 1 reverse sequential seamless semi-automatic paddle shift with epicyclic differential and multi-plate limited-slip clutch|
|Weight||691 kg (1,523.4 lb) (with driver)|
|Fuel||ExxonMobil High Performance Unleaded (5.75% bio fuel)|
|Tyres||Pirelli P Zero (dry), Cinturato (wet)|
|Notable entrants||McLaren Mercedes|
|Notable drivers||20. Kevin Magnussen|
22. Jenson Button
|Debut||2014 Australian Grand Prix|
The McLaren MP4-29 was a Formula One racing car designed and built by McLaren to compete in the 2014 Formula One season. The chassis was designed by Tim Goss, Neil Oatley, Matt Morris, Mark Ingham and Marcin Budkowski and was powered by a customer Mercedes-Benz powertrain. The car was unveiled on 24 January 2014, and was driven by 2009 World Drivers' Champion Jenson Button and debutant Kevin Magnussen, who replaced Sergio Pérez, after he won the 2013 Formula Renault 3.5 Series title. The MP4-29 was designed to use Mercedes' new 1.6-litre V6 turbocharged engine, the PU106A Hybrid.
The MP4-29 was McLaren's first turbo-powered Formula One car since the Honda engined MP4/4 which powered Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost to 15 wins and 15 pole positions from 16 races in 1988. This was the last McLaren model that was powered by a Mercedes-Benz engine, switching to Honda in 2015, until the 2021 season. It was also the last Mercedes-powered F1 car to use ExxonMobil fuel to foster Mercedes' partnership with Petronas.
It is the first Formula One car to use Esso brand since 2009, which applied in some places for the 2014 season and applied fully from 2015 along with Exxon and Mobil in selected locations before switched to Red Bull Racing in 2017.
At the Australian Grand Prix, Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button finished third and fourth on the road, respectively, but were elevated to second and third after Daniel Ricciardo's disqualification. This was McLaren's last podium until the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix. The cars sported a Mobil 1 livery to honour the team's 20-year association with the brand.
The promising result from Australia was followed by disappointing performances, including both cars unable to complete the Bahrain Grand Prix due to technical reasons. The team failed to record another podium finish all season, and although statistically, the MP4-29 was the most mechanically reliable car of the season with 36 classified finishes out of a possible 38, they ultimately finished fifth in the Constructors' Championship.
A variation of the MP4-29, known as the McLaren MP4-29H/1X1 was introduced as a development car ahead of the team's engine partnership with Honda in 2015. After completing a shakedown at Silverstone, the McLaren ran the MP4-29H at the post-season tests at the Yas Marina Circuit in the week after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, where it was driven by McLaren's development driver Stoffel Vandoorne. The car suffered problems throughout, completing a total of six untimed laps over the two-day test.
|2014||McLaren Mercedes||Mercedes PU106A Hybrid||P||AUS||MAL||BHR||CHN||ESP||MON||CAN||AUT||GBR||GER||HUN||BEL||ITA||SIN||JPN||RUS||USA||BRA||ABU?||181||5th|
McLaren believes its world championship challenge with Mercedes next year will not be compromised by its planned switch to Honda engines for 2015.