McLaren MP4-23 (2008) Nosecone - Hamilton
Driven by Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen, the MP4-23 was McLaren’s contender for the 2008 FIA Formula 1 World Championship season. An evolution of the highly competitive MP4-22, it was designed to with the aim of regaining the constructors’ title from Ferrari. The car's development was highly focused on aerodynamics, with the most notable change being the higher nosecone. Additionally, plenty of thought and effort went into the sidepods, engine cooling, the front suspension, airbox surroundings, T-wings and the wheelbase.
After a good pre-season testing, where the car showed a similar pace to the Ferrari F2008, the MP4-23 scored a debut race win, as Hamilton claimed pole before converting it into victory. Podiums followed in Malaysia, Spain and Turkey before a Hamilton’s second win in Monaco. Further wins for Hamilton at Silverstone and Hockenheim put Hamilton top of the standings. Kovalainen scored his maiden victory in Hungary while consistent podiums for Hamilton in the European Grand Prix, as well as in Belgium and Singapore kept the Briton top of the pile. A win at the penultimate race in China meant that Hamilton led his closest rival Felipe Massa by seven points going into the final race. Massa won the race in Brazil, but Hamilton dramatically passed Timo Glock for fifth position on the last lap which was enough to win his first drivers’ championship by the narrowest of margins.
Overall, the MP4-23 was driven to six victories, seven further podiums, scored 151 championship points and won one drivers’ championship. Hamilton claimed his maiden title win with five race wins and five further podiums, scoring 98 points.
This fine 1:12 scale model of the McLaren MP4-23 Nosecone has been handcrafted and finished in our workshops with the co-operation and assistance of the manufacturer regarding original finishes, materials, archive imagery and drawings. The use of supremely accurate digital scanning of the original car has allowed us to perfectly recreate every detail at scale. Furthermore, it has undergone detailed scrutiny by both engineering and design teams to ensure complete accuracy of representation.
This model is one of many in our collection of miniature nosecones.
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