McLaren Honda MP4/5 Formula 1 Champion with Alain Prost

McLAREN – HONDA MP4/5 n.2

HISTORY

The McLaren Honda MP4/5 raced in the Formula 1 World Championship in 1989. The abolition of the turbo engines forced the teams to mount aspirated engines with a displacement of 3500 cc, Honda decided to build a 10-cylinder, while aerodynamically modified substantial from the previous McLaren MP4/4, they were above all on the rear, with the adoption of the air-scope over the pilot’s head to increase the pressure to the engine increasing its power.

Alain Prost won his third world title with the McLaren Honda MP4/5, taking the revenge of the year before on his team-mate Senna.

The challenge was a battle for the whole year and had its epilogue to the GP of Japanese. Senna did not take advantage of the position at the start and was overtaken by the frenchman. The brazilian driver tried for the entire race to overtake the teammate, a few laps from the end he tried to overtake the last chicane, Prost spontaneously hit Senna and both ended off the track. Senna managed to start again and after replacing the damaged front wing he reassembled Alessandro Nannini and won the race, but could not celebrate on the podium because he was disqualified for cutting the chicane. The decision was very political and Senna also threatened the withdrawal.
McLaren also won the constructors title.

Video crash Senna Prost start Suzuka 1989

CHASSIS

McLaren MP4/5
Composite fibre construction made of carbon fibres with a honeycomb
Length: 4496 mm
Width: 2134 mm
Height: 991 mm
Brakes: Carbon Fibre Discs
Tyres: Goodyear

ENGINE

Honda RA109-E, 3,490 cc V10 72°
Power: 511 kw
DriveType: Rear wheel drive
Transmission: Manual six speed and RM
Fuel Type: Petrol
Tank Capacity: 210 lt

RESULT

Winner Formula 1 World Champion 1989 with driver Alain Prost
GP winner: GP of USA 1989, GP of France 1989, GP of Great Britain 1989, GP of Italy 1989

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