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The McLaren MP4-21 is a Formula One car built for the 2006 Formula One season. The chassis was designed by Adrian Newey, Paddy Lowe, Tim Goss, Mike Coughlan and Peter Prodromou with Mario Illien designing the bespoke Mercedes-Benz engine. The car continues the MP4-X naming system and is notable for its striking chrome livery with red stripes designed to maximize the visibility of the team's new primary sponsor Emirates. The distinctive needle-nose design was previously used on the MP4-19 in 2004. The MP4-21 was the first McLaren car to be powered by purely Mercedes-Benz engines after 11 years partnership with Ilmor as an engine builder.
|Designer(s)||Adrian Newey (Technical Director)|
Paddy Lowe (Engineering Director)
Tim Goss (Chief Engineer)
Mike Coughlan (Chief Designer)
Peter Prodromou (Head of Aerodynamics)
|Technical specifications|
|Chassis||Moulded carbon fibre monocoque incorporating front and side impact structures|
|Suspension (front)||Inboard torsion bar/damper system operated by pushrod and bell crank with a double wishbone arrangement|
|Suspension (rear)||As front|
|Engine||Mercedes-Benz FO108S, 2.4 litre V8 naturally-aspirated mid-engined|
|Transmission||McLaren Applied Technologies 7-speed + 1 reverse sequential seamless-shift semi-automatic paddle-shift with epicyclic differential and multi-plate limited slip clutch|
|Power||740-750 hp @ 19,000 rpm|
|Fuel||Mobil 1 unleaded|
|Notable entrants||Team McLaren Mercedes|
|Notable drivers||3. Kimi Räikkönen|
4. Juan Pablo Montoya
4. Pedro de la Rosa
|Debut||2006 Bahrain Grand Prix|
The car started the season in the hands of Kimi Räikkönen and Juan Pablo Montoya, but after a few races it soon became clear that it was not as competitive as its predecessor, the MP4-20, with an apparent improvement in reliability countered by an underpowered Mercedes engine. McLaren did not win a race all season, for the first time since 1996. Their best results were second-place finishes for Kimi Räikkönen in Australia and Italy, for Juan Pablo Montoya in Monaco, and for Pedro de la Rosa in Hungary.
The MP4-21 being driven by Kimi Räikkönen.
Complete Formula One resultsEdit
(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)
|Juan Pablo Montoya||5||4||Ret||3||Ret||Ret||2||6||Ret||Ret|
|Pedro de la Rosa||7||Ret||2||5||Ret||5||11||8|
- "Engine Mercedes". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 17 November 2020.
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