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Mike Stevens | Jan, 30 2015 | 1 Comment

Fans at March’s Formula 1 opener in Melbourne will see the return of a familiar partnership as the reborn McLaren-Honda team joins the grid.

This week, the duo has unveiled its new racer, the MP4-30, which will be piloted through 2015 by Jenson Button and new teammate Fernando Alonso.

The team will be hoping to build on a history that has included eight world championships and 44 grand prix wins at the hands of greats like Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost, along with 53 pole position starts and 30 fastest laps.

As the first Honda-powered McLaren to grace the track in more than two decades, the MP4-30 will have a lot riding on its shoulders - although some suggest that Honda has enjoyed a minor advantage in developing its F1 engine through 2014 without the burden of simultaneously waging a series campaign.

Powering the carbon-fibre MP4-30 is Honda’s new 750hp (559kW) RA615H Hybrid system, a turbocharged 1.6 litre V6 mated to two electric motor generators.

One of the generators can add a burst of power when needed, while recapturing energy in a lithium-ion battery under braking.

The new racer weighs in at just 702kg including the driver but not fuel, and a whopping 145kg of the total weight is down to the power unit alone.

McLaren-Honda will spend the coming weeks putting the MP4-30 through final testing before lining up on the grid in Melbourne on March 13-15.

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