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#1 SRW_Ojan



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Posted 17 April 2013 - 08:19 PM







Top Speed:194 MPH
0-60:2.3 Seconds
Horsepower: 680 @ 14000 RPM
Torque: 313 @ 10000 RPM
Transmission: 6 Speed Manual
Drivetrain: RWD

The most successful car in Formula One history, the iconic McLaren MP4/4 dominated the 1988 season. Sporting the instantly-recognizable red-and-white Marlboro livery now banned from F1 racing, the Gordon Murray-designed MP4/4 conjures memories of a golden era for McLaren. Featuring an innovative low-line chassis based on the Brabham BT55 and a 680-bhp twin-turbo Honda V6 engine, the all-conquering MP4/4 secured the Constructors' Championship for McLaren and the Drivers' Championship for Ayrton Senna, who was competing in his debut season for the team.

Please share your reviews, videos, pictures, or critiques about the MP4/4 in the comment section. And be sure to check back regularly to read our very own Simraceway staff give you some insight into the creation of this high-performance machine. 


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#2 Fabio Da Costa Machado

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Posted 04 June 2013 - 07:25 PM

The Beast

#3 Johndaniels



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Posted 13 June 2013 - 06:35 PM

it is the only car ever to make me scream bloody hell when i drove it, back on TDT many moons and months ago

#4 andymidnite



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Posted 25 June 2013 - 01:44 PM

So is it worth the $19?

#5 MisterHotshot



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Posted 25 June 2013 - 03:10 PM

What a car...that's all I can say...what an amazing car this is...

#6 Crazy Buzzy

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 05:18 PM

So is it worth the $19?

Its worth all the 38$ that I gave last year  :rolleyes:

#7 aporcalipse



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Posted 27 June 2013 - 12:13 PM

I was w8ing for this tdt so much... I joined the game a couple of weeks before the last mp4-4 TDT, so when it came I wasn't sure if I wanted to spend money in game, but I was glad we had it, totally worth both prices...

Only problem I found was the lack of events or qr for it after the TDT...

A quick review for me on this car... Very hard to make it start, especially with out couch, but after 3rd gear is one of the most balanced cars I ever drove in game, fast cornering, great grip and ofc so much power I think it could make the earth change is rotation...

I was expecting a sro for it, but I understand the fact of having a mp4-28 sro on the same weekend of a f1 2013 race at Silverstone... Overall 5* on it

#8 aporcalipse



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Posted 28 June 2013 - 11:31 AM

This is a great and fun car to drive... But if you miss the track 1 feet you are dead... See how easy it was back in the day to die... Thanks invulnerability

#9 Swir80PL



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Posted 29 June 2013 - 05:27 PM

Finally i had a chance to test it. Out of my price range I'm afraid so I'm happy for TDT :)

#10 aporcalipse



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Posted 30 June 2013 - 07:16 AM

Here is another tdt video, dint had much time to run with it in TDT but still got some great stuff...

#11 acerockolla



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Posted 04 July 2013 - 04:56 AM

This is probably my favorite car in the game right now. It's really difficult to drive at the limit but when you get it right it feels goooooooood.

#12 aporcalipse



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Posted 13 July 2013 - 07:38 PM

This is me pushing a bit too hard... Such a hard car to drive on the limit...

#13 Bigbazz



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 05:49 AM

One thing that really annoys me about this car is that the tyres float 1-2 inches above the track, kills the immersion and ruins replays as the car looks like it is floating above the track. Very easy to see if you use the top down TV style onboard cam or the chase cam.

#14 j_smith



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Posted 29 October 2013 - 04:08 AM

Before update ... 680 hp,  after update 900 HP ... HOLY!!!! this thing is fast... very very fast

#15 Bigbazz



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Posted 29 October 2013 - 04:58 PM

A video for reference (or just awesomeness?)

#16 aporcalipse



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Posted 10 November 2013 - 10:04 AM

here is my latest video of this fantastic car


hope you guys like it..

#17 Bigbazz



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Posted 13 November 2013 - 07:49 AM

You have messed this car up since the update. It has way way too much downforce now. I just did a few laps at Watkins Glen.

Mclaren MP4/4 - 1:23.135



The 1988 car didn't have anywhere near the downforce of a modern car but in SRW the car is glued to the track. Don't get me wrong, it is fun but it definitely is not realistic.


For reference, here are some laptimes I noted down from other driving sessions I did a while back.



2012 Mclaren MP4-27 - 1:22.832
2010 Mclaren MP4-25 - 1:24.779



Edit : old reference times seem out of date, I didn't realise an update had gone in to modern F1 cars. So I did some new laps, included the MP4-28 since it is on TDT.

2013 Mclaren MP4-28 - 1:21.171
2012 Mclaren MP4-27  - 1:21.399

2010 Mclaren MP4-25  - 1:23.074

1988 Mclaren MP4/4 - 1:23.135




The 1988 car should be a LOT slower than the modern cars, it has far far less downforce. The other cars are completely out of sync with reality too, and the MP4-25 seems to be buggy in that it has the lowest top speed of all of them, the engine is struggling to push it past 170mph, it should be the fastest car on overall laptime. Finally, it should be news to nobody who watches F1 that the 2013 MP4-28 is the slowest Mclaren of the last few years.

#18 SRW_Marco



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Posted 13 November 2013 - 02:57 PM

The performance of MP44 is not related to the downforce ( 1300kg @200mph vs 2000kg of mp428@200mph) but cause of super soft compound used in this car plus the extremely powerfull engine (900+hp vs 760) and 50kg overall lighter chassis (bear in mind that the spec of Mp44 is purely based on Q spec) . If you also compare the cornering force of those 2 cars you can see that Mp44 does 3.48 (max wing and 10liter) vs 4.08 of mp428; indeed at that era wasn't that easy to get out the best performance of the car like it is in the modern F1, in sim...well is another story :)

#19 Bigbazz



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Posted 14 November 2013 - 04:33 AM

Na I don't buy that at all, I have the whole 1988 Season here and I've seen the laptimes, those old cars aren't even in the same league in laptime and cornering speeds, for the MP4/4 to be capable in my hands of beating the laptime of a much easier to drive Modern F1 car means that something is way off on the simulation numbers. I'm taking corners at the same speeds in the MP4/4 as I was in the modern F1 cars before you changed the tyres on them. The modern F1 cars are now a little faster but the MP4/4 is still fast enough that it could compete on the same grid.

In real life the MP4/4 could not compete on the same grid, not even in qualifying trim.  Take some reference pole position times from Qualifying at Suzuka.

Suzuka 1988 = Ayrton Senna - 1:41.853

Suzuka 1992 = Nigel Mansell - 1:37.360

Suzuka 1998 = Michael Schumacher - 1:36.293

Suzuka 2004 = Michael Schumacher - 1:33.542

Suzuka 2010 = Sebastian Vettel - 1:30.785

Suzuka 2011 = Sebastian Vettel - 1:30.466

Suzuka 2012 = Sebastian Vettel - 1:30.839

Suzuka 2013 = Mark Webber - 1:30.915

Over 10 seconds slower. For the sake of fact the modern Suzuka is a slightly faster track than it was in 1988 (130R made faster in 2002), but it isn't just Suzuka, you can apply this accross the board and the modern cars are much much faster. Monaco these days is slightly slower, with the first corner being tighter aswell as the chicane after the tunnel.


Monaco 1988 = Ayrton Senna - 1:23.998

Monaco 2013 = Sebastian Vettel - 1:13.876

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 12:52 AM

Srw_joseph says me that grip is for the big wheels... 

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