In McLaren tradition, its new car will be called the MP4-28 and is set to be revealed on Thursday, January 31.
We can’t see much from the teaser though the nose of McLaren’s car looks to be higher than the one seen on Ferrari’s car in the previous teaser.
The MP4-28 builds on McLaren’s 50 years of racing experience, a span in which the British motorsport firm has achieved 182 wins in F1 racing. That’s second only to Ferrari’s tally of 219, although the Italian team has been racing for longer than McLaren.
As with the rest of the cars competing in the 2013 F1 season, the MP4-28 will be powered by a naturally-aspirated 2.4-liter V-8 engine and feature a Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS). This will be the last year for this particular drivetrain combo as 2014 will see the introduction of turbocharged 1.6-liter V-6 engines in a quest to improve efficiency.
McLaren's latest car will once again be powered by a Mercedes engine, but Lewis Hamilton won’t be joining Jenson Button to test it during the initial shakedown period in February. Instead, young Mexican driver Sergio Perez will be filling in. Having previously driven for Sauber, this will be Perez’s third year in F1 and potentially the first in which he scores a win.
Stay tuned for the reveal of the MP4-28 on January 31, followed by the reveal of Ferrari’s car on February 1, Red Bull Racing’s car on February 3 and Mercedes-AMG’s car on February 4.
Teams then head to Jerez, Spain, for official testing ahead of the start of the 2013 F1 season at Melbourne’s Australian Grand Prix on March 15.