McLaren-Honda have unveiled their 2017 Formula 1 car in a brand new orange, black and white livery.
The new color scheme, a change from dark gray, is an obvious manifestation of a new era at McLaren following the departure of former manager Ron Dennis.
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The orange mirrors McLaren’s notable original racing color, while the white is engine features Honda’s corporate branding.
New executive director Zak Brown said the aim was “to return to winning”.
The new car features many of the plan tweaks seen on different cars following the new regulations aimed at making the cars faster, all the more demanding and more dramatic.
There is a ‘shark fin’ engine cover and complicated aerodynamic detailing around the nose and before the bodywork on either side of the cockpit.
McLaren has not won a race since 2012 and has had a disappointing time since the start of their new link-up with Honda in 2015. Last year they enhanced to finish 6th overall.
They have a new driver this year, with Belgian tenderfoot Stoffel Vandoorne joining two-time champion Fernando Alonso.
Two-time champion Alonso, who is entering his 16th season, said: “It is an important year for us. It has been a troublesome 2015 and 2016 and we have high trusts this year we will return to where we have a place.
Vandoorne said he was looking forward to racing alongside Alonso and confident he could contend with the 35-year-old Spaniard.
Honda F1 boss Yusuka Hasegawa said the engine had been changed – made lighter, with more power and a lower focus of gravity.
Hasegawa said he trusted Honda would reach by the start of the season the engine performance level with which Mercedes finished last year however that he didn’t know how much advance the title holders had made over the winter.