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McLAREN MCL36A Technical Specification

Find out more about the tech in our 2022 F1 car

Get under the skin of the McLaren MCL36A Formula 1 car.


  Monocoque  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, Halo secondary roll structure, driver headrest protection and safety seat 
  Bodywork  Carbon fibre composite, including engine cover, sidepods, floor, nose, front wing and rear wing with driver-operated drag reduction system
  Front suspension  Carbon fibre / steel suspension legs, suspension elements operating inboard torsion bar and damper system 
  Rear suspension  Carbon fibre wishbone and pushrod suspension elements operating inboard torsion bar and damper system 
  Weight  Overall vehicle weight 795 kg (including driver, excluding fuel) 
    Weight distribution between 44.5% and 46.0% on front axle 
  Electronics  McLaren Applied. Including chassis control, power unit control, data acquisition, sensors, data analysis 
  Instruments  McLaren Applied steering wheel display
  Brake system  6 piston brake calipers with front / rear master cylinders
    ‘Brake by wire’ rear brake control system
    Carbon-carbon ventilated discs and pads
  Steering  Power-assisted rack and pinion
  Tyres  Pirelli P Zero F1
  Race wheels  BBS Standardised Design 18” Magnesium Wheels'
  Paint  AkzoNobel Sikkens products
  Cooling systems  Charge air, engine oil, gearbox oil, hydraulic oil, water, and ERS cooling systems
  Advanced manufacturing  Stratasys 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing
Mazak Advanced Technology Solutions



  Power unit type  Mercedes-AMG F1 M13 E Performance 
  Minimum weight  150 kg
  Primary PU components  Internal Combustion Engine (ICE)
    Motor Generator Unit – Kinetic (MGU-K)  
    Motor Generator Unit – Heat (MGU-H)
    Turbocharger (TC) 
    Energy Store (ES)
    Control Electronics (CE)



  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 injection High-pressure direct injection (max 500 bar, one injector/cylinder) 
  Pressure charging  Single-stage compressor and exhaust turbine, on a common shaft 
    Max rpm Exhaust Turbine 125,000rpm



  Architecture  Integrated Hybrid energy recovery via Motor Generator Units 
    Crankshaft coupled electrical MGU-K 
    Turbocharger coupled electrical MGU-H
  Energy store  Lithium-Ion battery, minimum 20 kg regulation weight 
    Maximum energy storage, 4 MJ per lap
  MGU-K Maximum speed, 50,000 rpm
    Maximum power, 120 kW
    Maximum energy recovery, 2 MJ per lap
    Maximum energy deployment, 4 MJ per lap
  MGU-H Maximum speed 125,000 rpm
    Maximum power, unlimited
    Maximum energy recovery, unlimited
    Maximum energy deployment, unlimited



  Gearbox  Carbon fibre composite gearbox casing, longitudinally mounted charge gear cluster
  Gear ratios  Eight forward and one reverse
  Gear selection  Electro-hydraulically operated seamless shift
  Differential Limited slip friction clutch epicylic
  Clutch Electro-hydraulically operated, carbon multi-plate 



         Transport  Mercedes-Benz trucks   


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