McLaren MP4-27
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Constructor McLaren
Designer(s) Paddy Lowe
Tim Goss
Neil Oatley
Predecessor MP4-26
Successor MP4-28

The McLaren MP4-27 is a Formula One racing car designed by McLaren for the 2012 Formula One season. The car will be driven by former World Champions Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton. It was launched on 1 February at the McLaren HQ in Woking, Surrey, ahead of the first winter test sessions at Jerez de la Frontera.


World Championship statisticsEdit

Years active 2012
Notable entrants Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
Notable drivers 3. Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button
4. Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Debut 2012 Australian Grand Prix
Races 20
Wins 7
Pole positions 8
Fastest laps 3
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0


The MP4-27 is one of three 2012 cars not to have the so-called "platypus" nose, instead opting for a gradual sloped nose. The Marussia F1 MR01 and HRT F112 also have a similar low nose; the F112 does feature a less pronounced step in the nose of the car compared to others on the grid, however, incorporating the two ideas of regulation compliance into the same car.

2012 seasonEdit

After the struggles McLaren experienced in the build-up to the 2009 and 2011 seasons, the MP4-27 demonstrated early promise in testing. This was confirmed at the first race of the season in Australia, when Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button qualified first and second for the race, the team's first since the 2009 European Grand Prix. Button went on to win the race, with Hamilton finishing third despite team principal Martin Whitmarsh's admission that the team had made a mistake in calculating Button's fuel load, forcing the 2009 World Champion to enter a "severe fuel-saving mode" on the eighth lap of the race.

Technical SpecificationsEdit

Component Specification
Monocoque McLaren-moulded carbon-fibre composite incorporating front and side impact structures
Front suspension Inboard torsion bar/damper system operated by pushrod and bell crank with a double wishbone arrangement
Rear suspension Inboard torsion bar/damper system operated by pullrod and bell crank with a double wishbone arrangement
Electronics McLaren Electronic Systems. Including chassis control, engine control, data acquisition, dashboard, alternator, sensors, data analysis and telemetry.
Bodywork Carbon-fibre composite. Separate engine cover, sidepods and floor. Structural nose with integral front wing. Driver-operated drag reduction system
Tyres Pirelli P Zero
Weight 640 kg (including driver)
Radio Kenwood
Race wheels Enkei
Brake callipers Akebono
Master cylinders Akebono
Batteries GS Yuasa Corporation
Steering McLaren power assisted
Instruments McLaren Electronic Systems
Paint solutions AkzoNobel Car Refinishes using Sikkens products
Gearbox McLaren-moulded carbon-fibre composite. Integral rear impact structure
Gears Seven forward and one reverse
Gear selection McLaren seamless shift, hand-operated
Clutch Carbon/carbon, hand-operated
Lubricants Mobil


Complete World Championship resultsEdit

Year Entrant Tyres Drivers Grands Prix Points WCC
2012 Vodafone McLaren Mercedes P 3. Flag of the United Kingdom Button 1 14 2 18 9 16 16 8 10 2 6 1 Ret 2 4 Ret 5 4 5 1 378 3rd
4. Flag of the United Kingdom Hamilton 3 3 3 8 8 5 1 19 8 Ret 1 Ret 1 Ret 5 10 4 Ret 1 Ret

Driver failed to finish the race, but was classified as they had completed greater than 90% of the race distance.

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

Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(from 2003 onwards)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Withdrew entry before the event (WD)
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