MP4-30 A new era

McLaren and Honda’s reunion has resulted in the MP4-30 – a bold step forward in terms of packaging, concept and design philosophy.

The car was created without compromise: Honda’s RA615H power unit sits beneath tightly packaged bodywork designed to improve aerodynamic performance. It’s an aggressive concept – but one aimed at maximising the benefits of our collaborative approach.

Find out more about the car by viewing our exclusive video and photo gallery, explore it on your desktop with our interactive 360-degree model, and delve deeper with our chassis and engine technical specification

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“Without racing, there is no Honda”

Honda Power Unit

With these words, founder Soichiro Honda famously illustrated the Japanese firm's utmost belief in, and dedication to, motorsport.

It's a message that has echoed through the ages: Honda first entered Formula 1 in 1964, it returned again in the 1980s, enjoying its greatest successes with McLaren and the legendary Ayrton Senna. A works Honda effort returned to the grid in 2006, Jenson Button most recently winning a race in one of its famous cream and red racing cars.

For 2015, Honda returns to the pinnacle of motorsport, reuniting with its most famous racing partner - McLaren. As before, the manufacturer will use motorsport's most exacting series as an intensive training ground for its engineers, their learning subsequently feeding back into the company on every level.

As well as vehicle and engine technology, the Honda Motor Co., Ltd. has a broad portfolio, ranging from motorcycles and power equipment to the HondaJet aeroplane and Honda Robotics, which designed and built the famous ASIMO humanoid robot. All of Honda's products and technologies have the singular aim of affordably bringing joy and excitement to millions of people across the world.

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Carbon-fibre composite, incorporating driver controls and fuel cell

Safety structures

Cockpit survival cell incorporating impact resistant construction and anti-penetration panels, front impact structure, prescribed side impact structures, integrated rear impact structure, front and rear roll structures


Carbon-fibre composite. including engine cover, sidepods, floor, nose, front wing and rear wing with driver-operated drag reduction system

Front suspension

Carbon-fibre wishbone and pushrod suspension elements operating inboard torsion bar and damper system

Rear suspension

Carbon-fibre wishbone and pullrod suspension elements operating inboard torsion bar and damper system


Overall vehicle weight 702kg (including driver, excluding fuel).
Weight distribution between 45.5% and 46.5%


McLaren Applied Technologies. Including chassis control, power unit control, data acquisition, alternator, sensors, data analysis and telemetry


McLaren Applied Technologies dashboard

Lubricants & Fluids

Mobilith SHC™ 1500 Grease - High temperature drive-shaft tripod lubrication
Mobilith SHC™ 220 Grease - Low rolling resistance ceramic wheel bearing lubrication
Mobil SHC™ Hydraulic Oil - High pressure, high temperature hydraulic fluid used for chassis, transmission and power unit actuation

Brake system

Akebono brake calipers and master cylinders
Akebono 'brake by wire' rear brake control system
Carbon discs and pads


Power-assisted rack and pinion


Pirelli P Zero

Race wheels





AkzoNobel Car Refinishes system using Sikkens products

Power Unit


Honda RA615H

Minimum weight

145 kg

Primary PU components

Internal Combustion Engine (ICE)
Motor Generator Unit - Kinetic (MGU-K)
Motor Generator Unit - Heat (MGU-H)
Energy Store (ES)
Control Electronics

Internal Combustion Engine

Capacity - 1.6 litres
Cylinders - Six
Bank angle - 90 degree vee angle
No of valves - 24
Max speed - 15,000 rpm
Max fuel flow rate - 100 kg/hour (above 10,500 rpm)
Fuel consumption - 100 kg 'lights to flag' regulated fuel capacity limit
Fuel injection - Direct injection, single injector per cylinder, 500 bar max
Pressure charging - Single-stage compressor and exhaust turbine, common shaft

Fuel Lubricants

ExxonMobil High Performance Unleaded (5.75% bio fuel)
Mobil 1™ Engine Oil - High protection low friction lubricant and coolant, for high durability and improved fuel economy

Energy Recovery System


Integrated Hybrid energy recovery via Motor Generator Units
Crankshaft coupled electrical MGU-K
Turbocharger coupled electrical MGU-H

Energy Store

Lithium-Ion battery, between 20 and 25 kg
Maximum energy storage, 4 MJ per lap


Maximum speed, 50,000 rpm
Maximum power, 120 kW
Maximum energy recovery, 2 MJ per lap
Maximum energy deployment, 4 MJ per lap


Maximum speed 125,000 rpm
Maximum power, unlimited
Maximum energy recovery, unlimited
Maximum energy deployment, unlimited



Carbon-fibre composite main case, longitudinally mounted

Gear ratios

Eight forward and one reverse

Gear selection

Electro-hydraulically operated seamless shift


Epicyclic differential with multi-plate limited slip clutch


Electro-hydraulically operated, carbon multi-plate


Mobil 1 SHC™ Gear Oil - Low traction loss, high efficiency gear and bearing lubricant and coolant

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Last update 29th January 2016

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