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McLaren opt for new naming convention for 2017 car // Out with the MP4, in with the MCL

Published by Christine Blachford

McLaren opt for new naming convention for 2017 car
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McLaren have been hinting at the fact the team will be going through some changes this year, firstly with a glimpse of some potentially orange paintwork, and today revealing a new naming style for the car itself. Where previously the cars have been consecutively named the MP4-28, 29, 30 and 31, this year they’re stripping all that out.

The team tweeted: “2017 is all about change, and our car name is changing too. Ladies and gents, get set for the McLaren-Honda MCL32.”

The news appears to be a direct slap in the face aimed at former team principal Ron Dennis, as MP4 was used as the designation to include Dennis’ Project 4 team, which was merged with McLaren in the early 1980s. Now, that history has been erased from the 2017 car, and it’s all about looking forward. They’ve got a new boss, a new driver, a new car, a new car name and a potential new livery. Let’s just hope they can have a new upturn in results this season as well.