McLaren-Honda, part of SAP’s global sponsorship portfolio and a user of our software solutions, launched their new Formula One car, the MP4-30 ahead of the 2015 Formula One World Championship.

The McLaren-Honda MP4-30 is a thoroughly refined evolution of last year’s model and will be the only car on the grid to be fitted with Honda’s new Hybrid RA615H power unit. McLaren and Honda have previously worked together in Formula One between 1988 and 1992 winning 44 races and eight world championships.

Formula One is an extremely complex sport and the task of designing, developing and racing a brand new car and engine is a significant technological challenge. Therefore having the best technical facilities, equipment and drivers available is crucial to re-establish the same level of success McLaren and Honda enjoyed during their previous partnership.

#14 Fernando Alonso

“My motivation could not be stronger for the new season. I’ve done a lot of training during the winter break, to reach my peak physical fitness, and I’ve been working hard in preparation for this new era of McLaren-Honda. I’ve never felt better, or more ready for a new season.

“We’re all focused on the challenge ahead, and I feel extremely honoured to be part of a relationship that has shared so much history together. My aim is to help write a new chapter in the history of McLaren-Honda. We understand the effort and teamwork required to take McLaren-Honda back to where it should be, at the front of the grid, and all our energy as a team is focused on that goal.

#22 Jenson Button

“The off-season has really brought about a sense of renewal coming into 2015. I’ve trained hard over the winter, and I’m absolutely itching to get going in the new McLaren-Honda MP4-30.

“It’s been interesting to spend time in the factory during the past few weeks, you can really sense a feeling of reignited optimism and positivity around the building. I’ve never seen such motivation amongst the guys – we’re all massively keen to get going in Jerez and to work hard on developing our new car. But we’re under no illusion that it will be easy – there’s a huge challenge ahead of us to try to pull back the gap to our rivals, but we’re certainly up for it.

Ron Dennis
Chairman and chief executive officer, McLaren Technology Group

“McLaren Technology Group is driven by the relentless pursuit of technological perfection, and, perhaps more than any other element of our portfolio, Formula 1 epitomises that.

“McLaren-Honda is a partnership focused on performance, technology and innovation, and there’s no better example of that than the results achieved in our first collaboration in the 1980s and 1990s. I was Team Principal all those years ago and, while I don’t tend to like looking back to the past, our previous record of sustained success was certainly instrumental in creating the confidence to make the decision to partner with Honda again. Now, there’s real hunger to demonstrate the capabilities of the huge talent pool we share between us, and I’m totally committed to driving progress and achieving further success.

SAP and McLaren Technology Group

McLaren’s technology partner, SAP provides its secure HANA Enterprise Cloud solution which underpins the entire McLaren Technology Group, strengthening and simplifying the way the team runs its data management and modelling.

This year, McLaren Automotive will launch a new model in their supercar range, along with a number of new dealerships around the world to support this growth. SAP are working with McLaren Automotive to prepare the business for these increased demand.

With a new road car in development and the Grand Prix season starting in Melbourne on March 15th, the group have little time to rest, but SAP are pleased to be preparing it for future expansion and helping the McLaren Technology Group, Run Simple.

Published January 29, 2015 in Formula 1