Newey: MP4-18A is 'tailored to Michelins'

McLaren technical director Adrian Newey has said that the new McLaren MP4-18A is his first design that has been especially tailored to get the best from Michelin's tyres

Newey: MP4-18A is 'tailored to Michelins'

Speaking after the first run of the new challenger yesterday (Wednesday), Newey says that the car has been optimised to suit its rubber.

"The new car is the first [McLaren] that has been designed specifically with Michelins in mind," he said. "Really it's about making proper use of the tyres in terms of the toe angles, the camber angles, presenting the tyre to the ground in the optimum way. And that has been a learning curve of Michelin's. So we're hoping that a clean sheet of paper approach to being able to optimise the car around the tyres will pay dividends.

"The 2003 car is evolutionary in some respects but in other respects it's quite different," he added. "We've tried to package the car tighter so it's a lot smaller than the MP4-17. We've really pushed quite hard to come up with an aerodynamically efficient package, which also allows a low centre of gravity. So we're trying to get the aerodynamics and the mechanical side of the car to work in harmony."

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