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#1 SRW_Ojan

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 08:22 PM

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Top Speed: N/A
0-60: 1.6 Seconds
Horsepower: 780 @ 19000 RPM
Torque: 223 @ 17500 RPM
Transmission: 7 Speed Sequential
Drivetrain: RWD

The first car to be raced by Vodafone McLaren Mercedes' World Championship-winning pairing of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, the MP4-25 represented McLaren with distinction during the 2010 Formula One season, leading the British team to a creditable second-place in the World Constructors' Championship and taking Hamilton and Button to 4th and 5th respectively in the Drivers' Championship. The car, sporting a larger fuel tank than the MP4-24, a bold engine cover fin and an innovative rear wing design that took advantage of a small duct in front of the cockpit to decrease drag on the straights, immediately proved more competitive than its predecessor, gaining its first victory in only the second race of the season in Australia. Over the entire 2010 season the MP4-25's Mercedes-Benz 2.4-litre V8 engine carried Hamilton to three wins and Button to two, with the pair racking up 16 podium appearances and three one-two finishes, at the Chinese, Turkish and Canadian Grands Prix.

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#2 Bigbazz

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Posted 23 October 2013 - 06:05 AM

This car in game seems to be slower than the MP4-27, when in most cases the MP4-25 was a faster car. At best the MP4-27 could compete because of the KERS + DRS systems available, but with neither of those systems being available in SRW it seems strange that the MP4-25 is the clear slower car because in the real world without KERS/DRS the MP4-27 would not even be close.

I would use Silverstone as an example, but it rained in 2012 so it wouldn't be fair. So using Suzuka Q3 Qualifying times.

2010 MP4-25 (Hamilton) - 1:31.169 - P3

2012 MP4-27 (Button) - 1:31.290 - P3

 

Also take a look at the 2010 + 2012 Suzuka fastest laps from the Mclaren cars.

 

2010 MP4-25 (Button) - 1:33.529 - 2nd fastest overall lap

2012 MP4-27 (Button) - 1:36.606 - 2nd fastest overall lap

 

The 2012 car benefitted from DRS + Kers where the 2010 car was just raw pace, and is still a faster time. In SRW the 2012 car is faster even without those systems, in a realistic situation the 2010 car should be considerably faster.



#3 Bigbazz

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 05:00 PM

A video of the MP4-25 at Silverstone, I made back in January.

 



#4 Clemsie McKenzie

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Posted 13 March 2015 - 02:25 PM

Test Drive Tuesday review: 2010 McLaren MP4-25

02/16/15

 

The McLaren MP4-25 was the first McLaren to be driven by the championship-winning pair formed by Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, and was also the last to sport Bridgestone tires, the manufacturer leaving its place to Pirelli at the end of the season. One of the major feature of this F1 is the very innovative F-Duct, use to stall the rear-wing on the straights, gaining precious top-speed without having to reduce downforce in the corners. This was later banned, but not after all of its main competitors copied it…

 

Now if you’re not an F1 fan, despite all the things I just said, to you this car “just another McLaren F1 car”. Because yes, if you haven’t driven some different F1s really hard around a track on Simraceway, you’re not going to notice much difference. Which all kinda justifies my job, right?

If you’re looking into entering the F1 experience, but are not a die-hard F1 fan, I think this is exactly the one you need. It’s probably the easiest to drive fast without much practice or spending 3 hours on the internet finding out what you should do with this packers thing to gain 0.1 of a second around CoTA, and here’s why.

 

As you probably know, aerodynamics play a major role in modern F1 racing, and such subtleties as a lowered nose can dramatically change the behavior of the car. Well 2010 was the year in which blown diffusers made a comeback in F1. Blown diffusers, in short, use exhaust gases to gain performance on the rear diffuser, which represents around 60% of the overall aero performance of the car. This system, coupled with the aforementioned F-duct, means that the rear of the car is now completely locked. You won’t get it to oversteer mid-corner or on heavy-braking, even if of course punching the throttle in 1st or 2nd isn’t advisable. There is so much downforce back there that the default braking balance is predominantly rearward, and that fact isn’t really noticeable until you look it up in the settings.

 

Second factor: the engine is creamy-smooth. Not much is happening below 15,000rpm (in F1 terms, because this is still a Millenium Falcon rivaling car in the straights), and even after that there isn’t much torque. All is very progressive and transparent. You won’t be surprised exiting and hairpin.

In fact, all the car is extremely smooth to drive, and more so if you compare it to last year’s MP4-29. Plus the massive downforce means that you’ll take an amazing amount of corners flat-out. It really beggars belief at high-speed tracks like Silverstone, CoTA or Watkins Glen.

 

Lastly, the overall mechanical and aerodynamical balance is slightly angled toward oversteer. Again, it’s something you’ll barely notice if you haven’t driven any other modern F1 car, but for example the MP4-27 is a more of an oversteery car, especially under braking.

 

These four things make the MP4-25 a really accessible F1 car. If you’re new to this world of mad cornering Gs and punch-in-the-face braking performance, and don’t want to spend days looking for a better set-up to be competitive, in other words if you just want easy (but amazing) speed and fun, this is the car for you. Yes there are more involving F1 cars, like the MP4-27 or the MP4-29 if you’re feeling particularly brave, and even faster ones (though not by far I suspect). But this is I think the most approachable.

 

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