Technical aspects of McLaren's new MP4-28

McLaren-Mercedes Formula One launched their new challenger with the technical specifications of the MP4-28

MP4-28 Technical Specifcations


Monocoque McLaren-moulded carbonfibre composite incorporating front and side impact structures, and survival cell

Front suspension Inboard torsion bar/damper system operated by pullrod 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. Including engine cover, sidepods, floor, nose, front wing and rear wing.

Driver-operated drag reduction system

Lubricants & Fluids Mobilith SHC™ 1500 Grease – lubricates the four tripod joints on the drive-shafts resisting the high temperatures generated by the exhaust and braking systems

Mobilith SHC™ 220 Grease – minimises rolling resistance in the car’s ceramic wheel bearings to help maximise speed

Mobil SHC™ Hydraulic Oil – running at over 200 bar and 100° C this fluid is an essential part of the hydraulic system which controls gear shift, the throttles and operation of DRS and steering systems

McLaren MP4-28 nosecone
McLaren MP4-28 nosecone

Photo by: XPB Images

Tyres Pirelli P Zero
Radio Kenwood
Race wheels Enkei
Brake calipers Akebono
Master cylinders Akebono
Batteries GS Yuasa Corporation
Steering McLaren power-assisted
Instruments McLaren Electronic Systems \Paint solutions AkzoNobel Car Refinishes using Sikkens products


Type Mercedes-Benz FO 108F
Capacity 2.4 litres
Cylinders 8
Maximum rpm 18,000
Bank angle 90°
Piston bore maximum 98mm
Number of valves 32
Fuel ExxonMobil High Performance Unleaded (5.75% bio fuel)
Spark plugs NGK Formula 1 specification racing spark plugs
Lubricants Mobil 1™ Engine Oil – for long engine life, protection and cooling combined with improved fuel economy
Weight 95kg (minimum FIA regulation weight)

KERS Hybrid

Type Mercedes-Benz
e-Motor Engine-mounted electrical motor/generator
ESS Integrated energy storage cells and power electronics
Power 60 kW


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 1 SHC™ Gear Oil – provides reduced fluid traction losses improving gearbox efficiency and delivering more power to the rear wheels

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Teams Mercedes , McLaren
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