Shots from the MTC Employee Motor Show, held last Saturday - all taken by Tony Gardner.
To see more great pics, make sure you visit his Flickr album here
What do you get when you mix a sailfish and a supercar? You get a McLaren P1.
Frank Stephenson got most of his inspiration from the sailfish, the fastest swimming fish in the ocean, reaching speeds of up to 68 mph.
While in Miami, Stephenson came across a fisherman who had just pulled up a sailfish onto his boat. He bought the fish, sent it downtown to get stuffed, and had it shipped to the McLaren aerodynamics lab in Surrey. There, the team would scan the stuffed fish, and figure out what makes it the fastest swimming thing alive.
McLaren’s designers applied the same texture as the scales of the sailfish to the inside of the ducts that lead into the engine of their P1 hypercar. This increased the volume of air going into the engine by 17%, improving the car’s efficiency: the P1 has hybrid engines creating 903 horsepower and thus needs large amounts of air pumped into the engine to help combustion and engine cooling.
The P1 also borrowed from the sailfish little ‘diplets’ on the torso of the fin where it meets the tail fin that the fish uses to straighten out the flow of pockets of air and water that move past it. This, Stephenson says, made the car more aerodynamic.
The sailfish has a permanent home at the aerodynamics lab wearing McLaren’s iconic F1 livery.
The Italian GP is coming up next week! The best result for both Jenson and Kevin in Monza is a second place: Jenson finished second in 2010 and 2011, with Kevin getting the same result last year in Formula Renault 3.5. That very same day, Stoffel won the race.
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