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McLaren Unveils New Look with 2017 F1 Contender

By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief

After weeks of speculation, McLaren have finally showcased its 2017 Formula 1 car, the MCL32, but have also brought with it an orange and black livery.

The team put hints out through social media that it would revert back to its traditional color and is just one of many notable changes with the newest challenger to the F1 grid. The Woking-based outfit also elected to drop the ‘MP4’ standard – which stood for Marlboro Project Four – as it has now moved away from the era of former CEO Ron Dennis.

The latest McLaren has been fitted with the newest-generation power unit from Honda, the RA617H.

The MCL32 is equipped with a long sharkfin, not uncommon on many of the 2017 cars. However, the biggest difference is with the sidepods and the airbox, which are much smaller than other teams on the grid that has launched thus far.

Unlike Ferrari and Mercedes, McLaren didn’t show a T-wing on its latest creation, but that could change come preseason testing in Barcelona next week.

Fernando Alonso returns for a third consecutive term with the team and is joined by GP2 champion Stoffel Vandoorne – who finished ninth in his debut last year at the Bahrain Grand Prix when he filled in for the Spaniard.

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Joey Barnes is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Motorsports Tribune. He has covered auto racing since 2013 that has spanned from Formula 1 to NASCAR, with coverage on IndyCar. Additionally, his work has appeared on Racer, IndyCar.com and Autoweek magazine. In 2017, he was recognized with an award in Spot News Writing by the National Motorsports Press Association.

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