The McLaren MP4-31 is a Formula One race car that was used by the McLaren Honda team during the 2016 Formula One season. It is the last McLaren Formula One race car to carry the "MP4" name following CEO Ron Dennis's departure from the team.

Overview Edit

The McLaren MP4-31 was designed by McLaren to compete in the 2016 Formula One season. The car was driven by 2005 and 2006 World Drivers' Champion Fernando Alonso and 2009 World Champion Jenson Button, and reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne, who replaced Alonso at the Bahrain Grand Prix following the Spaniard's accident at the Australian Grand Prix which deemed him unfit for the next event. The car used the Honda RA616H power unit, the second engine developed by Honda since their return to the sport with McLaren in 2015.[1]

Despite the Honda power unit still being underpowered and uncompetitive compared to former rival teams, McLaren collected 76 points to place 6th in the constructors' standings, with Alonso achieving a best finish of 5th twice, as well as setting a fastest lap at the 2016 Italian Grand Prix. Alonso, Button and Vandoorne came 10th, 15th and 20th in the standings respectively.

Asphalt 8: Airborne Edit

A8A McLaren MP4-31 (NEW)
A8A McLaren MP4-31 stock

Summary Edit

The McLaren MP4-31 was added to the game in the Car Blueprints Update (v3.0.0) as a Championship-unlockable car.

The MP4-31 has a very high starting rank of 1624 (shared with the W Motors Fenyr Supersport), a hidden theoretical MAX rank of 1738, and a PRO rank of 1813, the current highest in the game. The car receives +27 from Tuning Kits.

Being a McLaren Formula One car, the MP4-31 lacks MAX upgrades and instead has twice as many PRO upgrades (10).

Performance Edit

The McLaren MP4-31 excels in top speed, handling, acceleration, and drifting. However, it has a poor nitro efficiency of 8/14/18, though it partially negates this with a high raw top speed.

The MP4-31 is not one of the top ten fastest cars in the game, but it does compete very closely with those cars. It is the thirteenth fastest car in the game.

The MP4-31 has the worst acceleration of the four McLaren Formula One cars. However, its acceleration is still the second-best of the high-end Class S cars, behind the TRION NEMESIS (which is significantly slower). The MP4-31's handling is good enough so that it can take some corners without drifting.

Due to its strong handling, the MP4-31 skids very easily (this is also known as "over-steering"). The MP4-31 also glitches in other ways very frequently; for example, when going off sloped ramps while driving in a straight direction, there is a high chance that the MP4-31 will start spinning uncontrollably, often spinning around 15+ times with both flat spins and barrel rolls. The MP4-31 probably glitches in this way because of its long and flat shape, which can cause the front of the car to "jam" inside the tops of certain sloped ramps, causing it to be launched out from the ramps at high speed.

The MP4-31 has a cosmetic Speed Modification of 92.95%, which causes its real speed to appear higher on the speedometer.

Usage Edit

The McLaren MP4-31 is an acceptable car to use in multiplayer having decent stats across the board. Beware of the low nitro efficiency, total speed, and stability relative to its rank, though, as those mean that the car can only be used effectively on short tracks; on longer tracks, the car is very likely to be inferior to cars like the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage, and even the Chevrolet 2016 Camaro SS and the Icona Vulcano V12 Hybrid.

If fully PRO'd, the MP4-31's has a Credits grinding-suitable Car Mastery Challenge, set as a Flawless race in Dubai, and is now considered the best race for grinding Credits, with an earning rate of A8Credits 6,400 (if VIP Bonus is taken out of the question) in less than 47 seconds, although this race is an advanced option, as it is only accessible to players with enough Custom Racing Engines. The MP4-31 also offers A8Tokens 725 through its Mastery Challenges.

A good configuration for the MP4-31 that is worthwhile until one has enough Custom Racing Engines to fully PRO the car, 10-0-10-0, gives a rank of 1732 and a decent real total speed of 482.3 km/h when compared to the MP4-25's 488.7 at 1766.

Price Edit

According to the in-game data, the McLaren MP4-31 costs A8Tokens 15,000 to purchase. Pro Kits require A8Credits 1,415,480, 23 of each Class S Parts card, 52 Custom Racing Engines, 24 Mid-Tech cards, and 32 Advanced Tech cards.

Availability Edit

Following its debut in the Championship event, it is currently unknown when the MP4-31 will be made available for sale in the garage. Currently, the MP4-31 and Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport are the only exclusive cars from the Car Blueprints Update that are not obtained by Blueprints yet.

Championship Edit

MP4-31 Championship Promo
Main article: Championship/McLaren MP4-31

The McLaren MP4-31 Championship was held as the fourth and final McLaren Championship event on March 29, 2017, following the revival of the Weber Faster One's Enduro Double Down event. The following 8 Tours must be completed in 10 days once the Championship is started: French Guiana, Barcelona, Patagonia, Azure Coast, Iceland, Venice, Rio de Janeiro, and Tokyo. The event was revived in the Motorcycles Update on September 21st, 2017

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