McLaren-Honda today reveals its brand-new 2016 Formula 1 Championship challenger, the MP4-31, ahead of the first all-team test, which will begin in Barcelona tomorrow.
The MP4-31 chassis integrates the new Honda RA616H power unit, developed exclusively for the team. While many of the car’s components are strengthen and matured from last year’s McLaren-Honda MP4-30, the new car also incorporates a significant number of all-new innovations, including unique aerodynamic solutions with a highly space-efficient integration of Honda’s new-for-2016 power unit.
Joining McLaren-Honda’s partner group for 2016 will be the world-renowned luxury watch brand Richard Mille, which commences a 10-year marketing, branding and licensing collaboration.
Global luxury goods giant LVMH will continue its long unbroken association with the team, through its premium sparkling wine brand Chandon, whose rising-star identity will adorn both the MP4-31 and the drivers’ race suits.
ExxonMobil, which is celebrating 22 years of partnership with McLaren this year, will continue to be the team’s fuel and lubricant technical partner. Esso fuels and Mobil 1 lubricants will be used for the all-new Honda RA616H V6 turbo power unit, while Mobilube 1 SHC racing gear oil will lubricate McLaren’s bespoke eight-speed gearbox.