McLaren F1 have had an awful 2015, so tasking their boffins to take a punt at what may be many years in the future is probably providing some light relief.
The McLaren MP4-X demonstrates how solutions such as closed cockpits may be incorporated and how the skin of the car can become a ‘fully adaptive digital marketing surface’. McLAren also suggests we may see smart crash structures, able to regain their shape and withstand multiple crashes – great for any son/grandson of Pastor methinks – sorry and female offspring, because of course by then girls and boys will be racing F1.
Presumably driven by desperation to get any extra power they can to Jenson and Fernando, solar panel cells feature as part of the futuristic car design. In a bid to assist Mercedes control naughty boy Lewis Hamilton in the races, gesture and brain control feature as part of the cars management systems. On that note, McLaren have fitted some mega sub-woofers, just in case their prodigal son returns to the fold.
Clearly cost control is of no concern in F1’s future given that the sport’s new owners will give back 95% of the revenues they receive. This enables teams to blow millions on ‘active aero’, where the car knows whether it is in a high or low downforce section of a circuit and adapts immediately.
Open wheels are gone too, though the front wheel housing mountings look rather flimsy.
Sexy or just not an F1 car? That’s for you to decide. But it’s all just a lot of fun and certainly put some smiles on otherwise unhappy faces at the MTC for Christmas.
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