McLaren-Honda has a new bolder look to showcase the changes the team is willing to take this season. This orange, black and white look is certainly a departure to their traditional gray color scheme.
Just recently, Honda is making waves as it introduces NeuV car that is a self-driving car that allows ride-sharing. Auto World News reported that this electric car was first seen at the Consumer Electronics Show.
Now, the team is creating a buzz on their new color scheme that signal changes for the racing team. Executive Director Zac Brown said that they are currently focused on winning this year.
According to BBC, the team has not won a race since 2012. They also had a rough start since their 2015 partnership with Honda, even just finishing sixth place in the overall ranking in 2016. As part of their change, they tapped Belgian racer Stoffel Vandoorne to help the race car champion, Fernando Alonso.
"We're going to get there. The team is highly frustrated we're not winning but we have a new package and it takes time," Zac Brown explained.
"Last year there was forward progress and that's what we need to see this year. With Fernando and Stoffel, I wouldn't want a different driver line-up. We have everything we need," Brown explained.
McLaren-Honda has been upgraded to meet the demands of the new Formula One regulations. These regulations were created to make cars faster, more demanding and more dramatic.
As for its power unit, F1 Project Head Yusuke Hasegawa explained that they modified the engine to create a lower center of gravity and lighter weight. Hasegawa admitted that it was challenging to develop but they managed to pull through it, Crash reported.
He added that they worked for McLaren-Honda's engine all winter. Yusuke Hasegawa explained that now that the token system is removed they could do whatever they want with their engines that were restricted before.
Hasegawa admitted that they've wanted to change that system for a long time, allowing them to get more power. In the process they also re-designed the car to fit the engine, allowing the car to perform better.