If their season off the track in 2007 was tumultuous, the car was nearly flawless on the track.
McLaren bounced back from their dreadful, winless 2006 season with a car that was both on the pace and reliable. Only the inability to beat Ferrari through high-speed turns let the car down in a tightly-contested season.
Heading into 2008 with the spy case now behind them, the team have been able to make another big step with the car, which foregoes many typical McLaren characteristics. Autosport.com spoke to Engineering Director Paddy Lowe about the car and its development.