McLaren Key corporate highlights 2017

McLaren Key corporate highlights 2017

05.01.2018: February – intention to build the new McLaren Composites Technology Centre in Yorkshire McLaren Automotive announced that it will in-source future production of carbon fibre Monocell




February – intention to build the new McLaren Composites Technology Centre in Yorkshire



McLaren Automotive announced that it will in-source future production of carbon fibre Monocell and Monocage chassis, leading to the creation of around 200 new jobs at the company’s first bespoke facility outside of the McLaren Technology Centre campus.



The new facility started construction in 2017 and is expected to be officially opened in late 2018 to start building carbon fibre development tubs, with full operation planned for 2019. Formed through a partnership between McLaren Automotive, the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and Sheffield City Council, the new McLaren Composites Technology Centre is the result of a combined investment of nearly £50 million. The target is that the new Centre will deliver £100 million of GVA (gross value added) benefit to the local economy by 2028.





March – McLaren 720S revealed


The new McLaren 720S made its global debut at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show as the second generation of McLaren’s Super Series.




Its carbon fibre chassis is based around the Monocage II carbon fibre central structure that is key to the 1,283kg lightest dry weight and unparalleled interior space and visibility. It features a luxurious, driver-focused cabin, the finest leathers and aluminium switches.



The 720S delivers outstanding driver engagement, with best-ever Super Series aerodynamic efficiency and a new generation of McLaren’s active chassis system, Proactive Chassis Control II, to ensure the widest breadth of dynamic capability of any McLaren, ranging from precise, controlled comfort to the most extreme handling prowess. With a new, twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine producing 720PS and 770Nm, the 720S has a power-to-weight ratio of up to 561PS per tonne.





June – McLaren 570S Spider – a convertible without compromise



The two-seat, rear-wheel drive 570S Spider is the third bodystyle in McLaren’s Sports Series portfolio, lining up alongside the 570S Coupé and the 570 GT. Compared to the Coupé, the 570S Spider added a neatly integrated, retractable hardtop that when lowered delivers an even more immersive and exhilarating driving experience.



The 570S Spider combines all the high-performance dynamic attributes and refinement of the 570S Coupé with the added exhilaration of open-air driving.






September – HRH The Duke of Cambridge paid a visit to McLaren Automotive




HRH The Duke of Cambridge was given a tour of the McLaren Production Centre led by Mike Flewitt.



The Duke met some of the company’s 2,100 workforce who design and hand-assemble McLaren cars, the majority of which are exported around the world.



The Duke was also accompanied on his tour by Commercial and Legal Executive Director Ruth Nic Aoidh and Chief Operating Officer Dr Jens Ludmann and he heard about McLaren’s efforts to encourage more young people to pursue science, technology, engineering and maths-based (STEM) careers.






October - McLaren Automotive tops list of Britain’s growing companies



In October, McLaren Automotive was announced as Britain’s leading mid-market growth company in a national survey.



The company was unveiled as the number one company overall in The Sunday Times Top Track 250 league table, which ranks some of Britain’s biggest companies by sales, growth and profitability.





November – McLaren Automotive expands customer-facing motorsport offering


The company announced the expansion of its race-winning activities in GT racing with a number of new initiatives. Headlining these was the announcement that a new 720S GT3 race car will join the successful 570S GT4, and this new model will begin testing this year for launch with customer teams in the 2019 season.



To serve customers engaging with the sport in the best possible way, McLaren Automotive has appointed a network of specialist motorsport retailers who will sell road and track products alongside each other. Also from next year, owners will be able to compete in a one-make GT series. Finally, the company will be helping to nurture young motorsport talent with the launch of a Driver Development Programme.




December – the Ultimate Series McLaren Senna finally unveiled



The McLaren Senna, the most extreme McLaren road car yet, has been designed, engineered and developed with single-minded purpose: to be the ultimate McLaren track-concentrated car for the road.



Bearing the name of legendary Formula 1 driver, Ayrton Senna who won all three of his World Championships at the wheel of a McLaren. At 1,198kg (2,641lbs), the McLaren Senna is the lightest McLaren road car since the iconic McLaren F1.



Powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8, which is the most powerful McLaren road car internal combustion engine ever with 800PS (789bhp) and 800Nm (590 lb ft), the McLaren Senna has a power-to-weight ratio of 668PS-per-tonne.



The mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive car is limited to 500 units, all hand-assembled at the McLaren Production Centre in Woking, Surrey, England from Q3 2018.






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