Motor sport

Mclaren Mcl-35M Nosecone | Scale 1:12

The description

Each model is handcrafted and assembled by a small team of artisans
1:12 scale model, over 6” (16cm) wide
Made with the best quality materials
More than 500 hours to develop the model
Thousands of precision engineered parts: castings, photo etches and CNC machined metal components
The model is removable from its mounting frame, inspired by the real pit lane/garage storage rack
Built using original CAD designs and paint codes supplied by McLaren Racing
An evolution of the MCL35, a car that helped the team finish third in the Constructors’ Championship in 2020 – its best performance in eight years, the McLaren MCL35M was McLaren Racing’s challenger for the FIA ​​Formula One World Championship 2021. Driving the MCL35M was one of the most competitive driver teams in the sport, with 21-year-old British driver Lando Norris, in his third season in Formula 1 with the team, joined by seven-time Australian winner Daniel Ricciardo.

The MCL35 has been effectively redesigned, despite most regulations being frozen in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Since McLaren had already signed a contract to use Mercedes-AMG engines in 2021 before the decision to re-use the 2020 chassis was made, it was given a special waiver – subject to FIA inspection – to modify its chassis. in order to accommodate the new engine and the new energy tank, which required a complete overhaul of the architecture of the car. The Mercedes-AMG M12 E Performance 1600cc V6 engine has been incorporated into the MCL35M design by McLaren with support from Mercedes’ high-performance powertrains. It represented one of several key changes made to the car as part of its evolution into the MCL35M, replacing the old Renault E-Tech 20. Despite the engine change, McLaren did not change the gearbox and so the team engineers had to create their own, with updated fuel, hydraulic, electrical and cooling systems.

The car’s wheelbase was lengthened, as the gearbox bell housing had to be lengthened to accommodate the Mercedes engine. The MCL35M’s aerodynamic potential could not be maximized due to the 2021 FIA token system, leading McLaren to implement most of the aerodynamic improvements for the 2020 season change before the deadline. homologation, like the nose of the car. The team focused on reducing the impact of the 2021 regulations on downforce, which required the removal of front downforce to rebalance the car. Many changes in body shape have been dictated by the engine installation, but others are just ongoing developments, based on the team’s learnings from the 2020 season and up to regulatory changes. .

After a decent performance in pre-season testing, setting several fastest laps without any major reliability issues, the team started the season well, scoring points consistently. Norris finished fourth in the opening race in Bahrain, followed quickly by a third-place finish on the podium at the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix, where he narrowly lost to Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes in the final stages. Fifth and eighth places followed in Portugal and Spain before Norris claimed a second podium, claiming third place in the Monaco Grand Prix after holding off Sergio Pérez’s Red Bull lead on the tight street circuit. Ricciardo struggled to match his British team-mate’s early performances but was initially scoring consistent points for the team. In Portugal, the Australian driver recovered from a poor qualifying, where he started sixteenth on the grid, to finish ninth.

By round six in Azerbaijan, it was clear that McLaren’s closest rival in the battle for third place in the Constructors’ Championship would be Ferrari. The Italians briefly overtook their British rival after Baku, although Norris and Ricciardo finished fifth and ninth, although the Woking team regained the lead after a better performance in France as Ferrari struggled with tire degradation . This leapfrog game will continue for the rest of the season. Ricciardo scored no points in the Styrian Grand Prix, suffering from power unit problems, while Norris recorded his third consecutive fifth place finish. At the following Austrian Grand Prix, Norris achieved his best career qualifying result, starting the race second after setting a time just 0.048 seconds behind pole sitter Max Verstappen. He finished the race third, recovering from a penalty for passing Hamilton on lap 52. A strong performance of fourth and fifth at the British Grand Prix added more points to the tally. The team suffered a huge misfortune at the following Hungarian Grand Prix: both drivers were caught up in the carnage on the opening lap as Valtteri Bottas’ Mercedes crashed into Lando Norris, leading to his retirement, and Lance Stroll’s ‘Aston Martin collided with Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari. who himself was forced into Ricciardo, spinning the Australian and damaging his car. It was to be the only weekend of the year without points for McLaren.

The duo watched the Belgian Grand Prix quickly after the summer break, with Ricciardo qualifying fourth. Norris set the fastest times in Q1 and Q2 before losing control at Eau Rogue and crashing heavily. Heavy rain prevented the start of the race and the results were drawn as soon as the first lap was over, giving Ricciardo fourth position and Norris fourteenth. A tough race followed in the Netherlands, where the team scored just one point, but the drivers bounced back in style at Monza. After sprint qualifying and pole sitter Bottas taking an engine penalty, Ricciardo started second and Norris fourth, in the perfect position to take advantage when title rivals Verstappen and Hamilton collided on lap 25. Ricciardo took the fastest lap of the race on the final lap and led Norris home to claim McLaren’s first one-two since the 2010 Canadian Grand Prix and their first win since the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix. Norris followed this fantastic result with a pole position, the first of his career, at the next race in Russia. He led for much of the race but devastatingly lost the lead with just two laps to go as he aquaplaned off the track, moments after disapproving of his team’s pleas to switch him to the tires intermediaries. Ricciardo, however, had changed tires earlier and claimed fourth position.

From there, McLaren’s season began to fade. After Russia, McLaren held an eighteen-point lead over Ferrari, but the Italians regained the lead after Mexico, creating a points buffer that McLaren ultimately could not overcome. Norris continued to score points, but never finished higher than seventh in the final seven races of the season. Ricciardo finished fifth twice but failed to score any further points. McLaren scored 73 points more than in 2020 but were eventually beaten by a resurgent Ferrari, bouncing back from their previous disappointing campaign.

In total, the McLaren MCL35 took a win, four more podiums, a pole position and two fastest laps, scoring 275 points and finishing fourth in the constructors’ championship. Norris and Ricciardo finished sixth and eighth respectively in the Drivers’ Championship.

This beautiful 1:12 scale model of the McLaren MCL35M nose is as raced at the Formula 1 Pirelli Gran Premio del Made in Italy e dell’Emilia Romagna 2021 by Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo at the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola, Italy on April 18, 2021. In a fantastic weekend for McLaren, Norris took his second career podium in third, while Ricciardo finished sixth in his second race for the team. Norris might even have started in the front row for the first time in his career had he not gone out of bounds on the fast Piratella curve, causing his time to be deleted. Instead, he started seventh, just behind his Australian teammate in sixth. Minor contact on a wet first lap knocked Norris down to ninth, but he was able to recover, pass his opponents and quickly find himself behind Ricciardo, with the pair finishing fifth and sixth. A tactical change in pilots put the faster Norris in clean air. A calculated pit stop on laps 27 and 28 gave Norris more than 13 seconds and allowed him to overtake the Red Bull of Sergio Pérez, who had to serve a penalty and change steering wheel during his own stop. On lap 32, the race was red flagged after a high-speed collision between Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and George Russell’s Williams. As the race restarted, a bold strategic call was made to put used soft tires on both cars. Norris’ immediate overtaking of Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari quickly vindicated the decision, although the tires soon lost performance and the McLaren duo came under pressure from their pursuers. Norris was eventually passed by a recovering Lewis Hamilton in the closing stages, but held off Leclerc to record his second podium finish for the team. Ricciardo resisted pressure from Alpha Tauri’s Pierre Gasly to come in sixth.

This model has been hand built and finished in our workshops with the co-operation and assistance of McLaren Racing regarding the original CAD data, finishes and paint codes. Additionally, it has been carefully reviewed by the engineering and design teams to ensure complete accuracy of representation.