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The McLaren MP4/8 was a Formula One racing car that competed in the 1993 season. It was succeeded by the McLaren MP4/9 in 1994.

Description

Thanks to a watershed use of electronics technology that cars used in the 1993 season, the car was designed by Neil Oatley around advanced electronics technology, including a semi-automatic transmission, active suspension and traction control systems.

Honda was McLaren's engine supplier from 1988 to 1992. Following the economic recession, Honda departed from F1 after 1992, but returned to F1 in 2015, and team principal Ron Dennis was unable to get a supply of Renault engines, so the MP4/8 used a Ford HBE7 3.5L V8 engine, which was underpowered compared to rival team Williams's Renault engine and Benetton's higher-spec Ford engine.

The MP4/8 was raced by Michael Andretti and the late triple world champion Ayrton Senna, which was his final year at McLaren. Andretti was replaced by Mika Hakkinen in the final three races in the season. Despite underpowered and uncompetitive, Senna managed to achieve one pole position, one fastest lap and five race victories for the team while Andretti and Hakkinen were able to score a podium finish respectively. McLaren finished runner-up with 84 points, behind constructors' champion Williams (168 points). Senna came second in the standings with 73 points, behind his rival Alain Prost (99 points) whilst Andretti and Hakkinen were 11th (7 points) and 15th (4 points) respectively.

A modified version of the car, the MP4/8B used a Lamborghini V12 engine. Both Senna and Hakkinen tested the MP4/8B and it was found to be 60 bhp more powerful than the Ford V8 unit, however it was never raced. The plan for McLaren to use Lamborghini engines was never realized as they had signed a deal with Peugeot as their engine supplier for the 1994 season.

Asphalt 8: Airborne

Summary

MP48 stats (P KMH)

The McLaren MP4/8 was added in the Lunar New Year 2017 Update as a high-end Class B car with the following statistics:

The MP4/8 mainly rivals the Mercedes-AMG GT3, Holden Coupe 60, and Ferrari GTC4Lusso.

Performance

The MP4/8 excels in every stat, especially acceleration. It can be considered to be a Class B version of the McLaren Mercedes MP4-25, both excel at acceleration and handling but struggle with top speed.

The MP4/8's acceleration is among the best in the game, as is its handling. The MP4/8 can reach its maximum speed of 278.6 mph (448.7 km/h) in 1.6 seconds, from a standstill. This is its main advantage, allowing it to rival faster Class B cars on short/twisty tracks. This makes the MP4/8 a top choice for short and technical maps like Sector 8 and Dubai, in Class B TLEs. This also makes the MP4/8 a very good car in Multiplayer, when combined with a top speed-oriented Multiplayer tune.

The MP4/8 also has excellent handling, steering, and grip, being able to handle every corner with ease. The MP4/8 is very stable for a Formula One car; the McLaren Mercedes MP4-25, McLaren MP4-31, and 2018 McLaren X2 tend to skid much more frequently. The MP4/8's drifting is extremely good, although this can cause "over-drifting"; where one turns more than expected and hits a wall.

Official review

This is the official review of the MP4/8 on the Asphalt YouTube channel, made by TheHawtDawg1 and published on March 9, 2016:

Time to reach end of Tokyo straight: 6.831s

Perfect nitro duration: 10.692s

Triple nitro duration: 6.897s

Venice lap time: 1.11.907s

Final verdict: "The McLaren MP4/8 is an amazing race car with the fastest acceleration in the entire game. Along with its superb nitro duration, this car performs best when racing single tank."

Usage (Multiplayer)

In low-ranked (rank ~1300) Multiplayer games, the MP4/8 is not as effective as the Shelby Cobra 427 (a mid Class B car) because the MP4/8's starting rank is significantly higher. Also, the MP4/8 doesn't have a particularly low top speed weighting (53%). However, the MP4/8 can be tuned to very high ranks between 1450 to 1600, where it struggles against the Chevrolet 2016 Camaro SS, BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage and Aston Martin Vulcan.

With a tuning of X0X4 (X meaning 10), the MP4/8 reaches a speed of 265.1 mph (426.9 km/h) at B1498. This is slower the Camaro SS, which can reach 304.8 mph (490.6 km/h) at A1450. However, the Camaro SS has sluggish acceleration while the MP4/8 is the complete opposite. Furthermore, the Camaro SS has very poor drifting and handling. This gives the MP4/8 an edge on over the Camaro SS on several maps; most notably, in Sector 8 and Dubai. The MP4/8 can also use its acceleration to perform a knockdown on the Camaro SS at the beginning of the race, giving the MP4/8 a significant advantage.

Despite usually only being a mere annoyance for the Camaro SS, the MP4/8 is much more deadly for the TVR Sagaris, Lamborghini Estoque and Holden Coupe 60 (three high-end Class B cars), all of which are much slower than the Camaro SS. These cars can only reach speeds of approximately 280 mph (450 km/h) at rank 1490. The MP4/8's speed is generally high enough so that it can outrun all three cars in most maps when combined with the sheer acceleration advantage.

To deal with the MP4/8's low raw top speed, drivers using it in multiplayer should avoid picking long tracks(eg. Tokyo) and/or 2 laps, and pick twisty/technical tracks (eg. Dubai), as well as one lap races, as the good handling and drifting means the MP4/8 can have a larger advantage over it's rivals.

As of the Heatwave Multiplayer season, the McLaren MP4/8 is now much more useful in Multiplayer due to matchmaking being based on top speed instead of rank. This is due to the McLaren MP4/8 having the fastest acceleration in the game; thus, unless other players are using a McLaren MP4/8, they will most likely always lose to the McLaren MP4/8.

Usage (TLEs)

In terms of Events, the MP4/8's performance traits enable it to dominate leaderboards in tracks like Dubai, Sector 8, Rio de Janeiro, Tenerife, Azure Coast, and Venice. The MP4/8 is considered to be a Class B version of the McLaren Mercedes MP4-25, with dominance on short/technical tracks. It is only on longer tracks like Tokyo where the MP4/8 is no match for the Mercedes-AMG GT3 and Holden Coupe 60's higher top speed. With the inclusion of the BMW M2 Special Edition and Mazda RX-8 Special Edition, the MP4/8 is now obsolete in Class B TLEs.

Price

According to internal game files, the MP4/8 has a buying price of A8Tokens 5,100. As of the Car Blueprints Update, it can be assembled after obtaining 18 Rare-rarity McLaren MP4/8 BP cards. Assembly takes 5 hours but can be skipped for up to A8Tokens 289.

Just like the other McLaren Championship cars, the MP4/8 has 10 Pro Kit levels. The MP4/8's Pro Kits require A8Credits 908,660, 11 of each Class B Part, 48 Serial Racing Engines, 6 Early & Initial Techs each, and 16 Mid-Techs.

Worthiness

The MP4/8 has a decent performance, being able to rival the BMW M2 Special Edition, albeit only on short tracks. It is also good in Multiplayer at ranks of about 1400+, where the only competition that can consistently defeat it is the BMW M2 Special Edition and Audi R8 e-tron Special Edition

Hence, the MP4/8 is highly recommended for people who do not have any top-end Class B cars, but useless for people who do and have a good Multiplayer car as well and is still recommended for players who do not have the BMW M2 Special Edition.

The MP4/8 counts towards the Bolides collection. Completing the collection awards A8Credits 700,000.

Championship

MP4-8 Championship promo
Main article: Championship/McLaren MP4/8

The McLaren MP4/8 Championship was held as the third McLaren Championship event on February 20, 2017, following the Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 SV's Enduro Double Down event. Players are given 12 days to start and 9 days to complete the event.

The event was revived on November 8, 2018, in the Halloween Update as part of the Asphalt Moments series, however, players are now given 8 days to complete the event.

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