McLaren has introduced the impressive MP4-X racecar concept, the company's "conceptual vision for the future of motorsport technology."

McLaren has introduced the impressive MP4-X racecar concept, the company's "conceptual vision for the future of motorsport technology."

McLaren explains the Formula 1 race strategists think “many laps ahead when planning a grand prix pit stop”, while the automotive engineers “build high-performance road cars for the next generation of driver.”

Looking like a modern successor of the classic Batcar, the MP4-X study features a futuristic design with enclosed cockpit and active aerodynamic body details. Basically, electrodes mounted on the car’s wings electronically control the bodywork, enabling downforce changes for cornering and on the straights. On the other hand, the cockpit is equipped with a head-up display, delivering the driver information about important events in the race – such as the positions of the closest rivals, flag and caution data, the location of accidents, etc.

McLaren says the technology of the concept is all real, even if it’s still in its earliest phases of development. Probably the most impressive technology in the car is the brain synaptic control system that is monitoring the electrical signals within the driver’s brain to control the vehicle’s systems. According to the manufacturer, a vehicle with no physical controls at all is a theoretical possibility, but the tech for this is still in its early stages.

As for the MP4-X’s powertrain, McLaren says that it is focusing on advanced energy recovering systems in addition to more efficient fuels and lubricants. For example, the car could receive additional recharging by using inductive coupling built into the track. The MP4-X also could couple solar energy capture with the more traditional regenerative systems that are currently employed.

“With the futuristic McLaren MP4-X concept racecar, we wanted to peer into the future and imagine the art of the possible,” John Allert, group brand director at McLaren Technology Group, commented. “We have combined a number of F1’s key ingredients – speed, excitement and performance, with the sport’s emerging narratives - such as enclosed cockpits to enhance driver safety, and hybrid power technologies.”

 

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Source: McLaren

McLaren MP4-X concept previews the future of motorsport