The MP4-22 represents the latest research and development concepts. Initial ideas were developed with Computer Aided Design (CAD) in mid-March 2006, with the first Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations running later that month. The wind tunnel programme commenced in May.
The design also incorporates three demanding new pieces of crash protection legislation. A totally new rear crash structure is noticeably wider and blunter than its predecessor. An extra 6mm-thick laminated panel is now also required to be bonded to the side of the driver cell to guard against penetration from another car or object. Frontal protection for the driver has been improved too, with the velocity of impact in the crash test raised from 14 to 15 metres per second, with a softer deceleration both front and rear.
Apart from these changes though, the car has hardly changed visually while others teams developed the aerodynamics massively in the winter of 2006-2007. Although their new livery wont speed them up, their new drivers, including double Renault F1 champion Fernando Alonso might.
The McLaren MP4-22 is a Formula One racing car that was constructed by the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team to compete in the 2007 Formula One World Championship. The chassis was designed by Paddy Lowe, Neil Oatley, Pat Fry, Mike Coughlan and Simon Lacey, with Andy Cowell and Mario Illien designing the bespoke Mercedes-Benz engine. The car was revealed in testing at Circuit de Valencia in Spain on 15 January 2007, and was driven by double World Champion Fernando Alonso and debutant Lewis Hamilton.
The MP4-22 proved to be one of the most competitive cars of the season, with Alonso and Hamilton achieving four victories each. However, a fierce rivalry between the two drivers, combined with the 2007 Formula One espionage controversy, resulted in McLaren losing both championships to Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro.
At testing in Catalunya on 1 May 2007, Pedro de la Rosa tested the car with a new unique front wing design that would see extensive use throughout the remainder of the season. It featured a thin carbon fibre wing that spanned from the top of each end plate, bypassing the nosecone by arching over it. This new wing subsequently made its racing debut at the Spanish Grand Prix. The wing was deemed surplus to requirements during the 2007 Italian Grand Prix due to the high speed/low drag characteristics required.
As part of new FIA rules for the 2008 season which included banning driver aids via the introduction of a standard ECU for all teams, the MP4-22 was the last McLaren Formula One car to use traction control.
The MP4-22 proved to be far more competitive than its similar-looking predecessor and McLaren scored eight victories, compared to a winless 2006 season. The car proved to be the most reliable car of the season, with no mechanical retirements in any race, and one of the two fastest cars on the field (along with the Ferraris). The low downforce package of the MP4-22 was extremely competitive. McLaren, with the aid of their improved car, scored as many team points in the first half of 2007 as they had done during the entire year in 2006. However the team's season was marred by a fierce rivalry between its drivers Hamilton and Alonso, as well as a fall out between Alonso and the team's management. This contributed to both drivers eventually losing the championship by one point to Ferrari's Kimi Räikkönen, despite having led the championship for most of the season. McLaren led the Constructors' Championship from the start of the season until the Italian Grand Prix, after which they were excluded from the championship due to allegations that the MP4-22 used data obtained from rivals Ferrari. This led the MP4-22 failing to win either championship despite its competitiveness.
The McLaren MP4-22 was a Formula One car designed by McLaren for the 2007 Formula One season. It was driven by the defending two-time World Champion Fernando Alonso, who departed from Renault to join McLaren, and debutant Lewis Hamilton. The car proved to be very competitive and reliable, winning eight out of 17 races and only having 2 DNFs, but however, due to a fierce rivalry between the two drivers, combined with the spying scandal between Ferrari and McLaren which led the team disqualified, resulted in the team losing both World Championship Titles to Ferrari.
After an extravagant car launch that involved shutting a large chunk of downtown Valencia, the MP4-22 would provide McLaren with a very competitive car for what would become a very attention-grabbing season on and off the track.
This fine model of the McLaren MP4-22 is a 1:8 scale replica of the car that Lewis Hamilton drove to his first ever Formula 1 victory at the Canadian Grand Prix on 10 June 2007. Having finished on the podium in every F1 race he had contested prior to the event, Hamilton claimed his maiden pole position in qualifying in Montreal, beating his two-time world champion team-mate Alonso by four tenths of a second. A faultless drive, despite an eventful race which featured four safety cars, delivered Hamilton to the chequered flag and his maiden Formula 1 victory.
This model has been handcrafted and finished in our workshops using detailed colour and material specifications, and original CAD data supplied directly from the drawing office of McLaren. Furthermore, it has undergone detailed scrutiny by both engineering and design teams to ensure complete accuracy of representation.
At Amalgam Collection we create models at a range of scales. For those of you unfamiliar with the way the system works, these scales represent the ratio between the size of a model and its full size counterpart. Here are the scales we make with the average lengths of the model alongside. Put simply, the bigger the number to the right of the colon, the smaller the model car:
That means there are plenty of great machines to choose from when picking out McLaren's 10 best F1 cars. Here's our selection, taking into account each car's success, innovation and how cool we think it is.
The fight for 10th spot was between two fast-but-flawed McLarens: the 2005 MP4-20 and the MP4-27 of 2012. In the end it has to go to the earlier car, partly because it had a bigger pace advantage over the opposition, partly because it got closer to winning a title, and also because its failure didn't lead to the team losing Lewis Hamilton...
The switch to no-tyre stop rules and revised aero regulations for 2005 caught out the era's dominant force, Ferrari. Adrian Newey's MP4-20 was usually the fastest car of the season, particularly once the team had got on top of it after the early races.
But McLaren was always playing catch-up to Fernando Alonso and Renault. A combination of McLaren unreliability and a brilliant campaign from Alonso meant that the Spaniard beat Kimi Raikkonen to the drivers' title.
The constructors' fight was even closer, Juan Pablo Montoya being stronger than Renault number two Giancarlo Fisichella. But McLaren lost out by nine points after Alonso blitzed the Chinese Grand Prix finale, while Montoya retired after striking an errant drain cover.
For much of the middle of the season, Senna's MP4/6 had reliability issues, increasing fuel consumption as Honda developed its V12 engine causing the Brazilian to run out of fuel at Silverstone and Hockenheim.
Perhaps more worryingly, the Williams-Renault combination came on strong. The FW14 was the better race car for much of the season, though gearbox issues and team errors meant Williams didn't always make the most of it.
McLaren and Honda responded strongly, Senna brilliantly taking pole and winning the Hungarian GP in August, then fortuitously winning in Belgium. McLaren outpaced Williams in Japanese GP qualifying and, when Nigel Mansell went off in his Williams, Senna's title was confirmed. He then handed the Suzuka win to teammate Gerhard Berger.
The success of the MP4-22 is somewhat tainted by the 'Spygate' scandal, in which McLaren was found guilty of benefiting from secret Ferrari technical information. This resulted in a record $100million fine and McLaren being kicked out of the constructors' championship.
But, on-track, the car delivered. It won eight of the season's 17 races and outscored chief rival Ferrari. Only exclusion prevented it taking the constructors' crown and it was both quicker compared to rivals and scored more wins than the MP4-23 with which Hamilton took his first drivers' crown in 2008.
The MP4-22 was very reliable, provided a solid foundation for a rookie to make an immediate impact on F1, and there was not a single race in which at least one of the cars didn't make the podium. It has a strong case for being one of the greatest McLarens not to win a title.
At the launch of the MP4-14, team boss Ron Dennis described the car as a representation of \"the biggest single step we felt we could take for 1999 with perhaps the smallest ever percentage of carry-over components from last year's car\". However, due to the intricate design of the car, and this low percentage of carry-over components, a lot of the year was spent fixing teething problems.
The season started disappointingly, with both cars dropping out of the Australian season opener despite locking out the front row. It set the theme for the season. The MP4-14 was comfortably the quickest car of the season - as proved by 11 poles from 16 races - but a range of problems, from driver errors to a wheel falling off Mika Hakkinen's car at Silverstone, kept Ferrari in contention.
McLaren was struggling badly when it merged with the Project Four Racing F2 team and it did not take long for Dennis and his team to make an impact. Designer John Barnard's MP4/1 not only took the team back to the front, it was innovative.
John Watson's 140mph crash at Monza in 1981, which he was able to walk away from, underlined the car's strength and it was also a winner. Watson's popular 1981 British GP success was McLaren's first for four years and he went on to finish just five points behind world champion Keke Rosberg in a dramatic 1982 season. 59ce067264