McLaren has christened its 2017 Formula 1 car as the MCL32, dropping ‘MP4’ from its nomenclature.
McLaren's F1 cars have run the prefix ‘MP4’ since 1981, following a merger with Ron Dennis’ Project Four operation. The deal was brokered by common sponsor Marlboro, leading to the name MP4 (Marlboro Project 4).
Marlboro, a brand of Philip Morris International, continued to sponsor McLaren until late 1990s, before moving to Ferrari. However, despite signing a new deal with German tobacco brand West, McLaren continued with the same naming scheme of their car.
Now, with long-time chief Ron Dennis no longer involvement in the management of the McLaren Technology Group, the Woking-based squad has adopted a new nomenclature for their cars.
The 2017 car will be called the MCL32 and will be launched on February 24 at an undisclosed location.
McLaren is also expected to tweak its predominantly-black livery, with a return of the classic Papaya orange widely mooted in the media.
by Rachit Thukral