McLaren Automotive inaugurates new carbon composites technology center

McLaren Automotive inaugurates new carbon composites technology center

16.01.2018: ... in Yorkshire in true McLaren style A key milestone was marked today at the Yorkshire manufacturing centre that from 2019 will start producing carbon fibre

... in Yorkshire in true McLaren style




A key milestone was marked today at the Yorkshire manufacturing centre that from 2019 will start producing carbon fibre tubs for McLaren Automotive, the British creator of luxury sportscars and supercars.




As darkness descended at the £50million McLaren Composites Technology Centre (MCTC) nearing completion in the Sheffield region, McLaren Automotive Chief Executive Mike Flewitt was on-hand to illuminate the famous marque’s sign.



A spectacular indoor lightshow then greeted guests, culminating in the recently unveiled McLaren Senna road car performing a series of expertly choregraphed ‘doughnuts’ to leave a trail of fresh Pirelli tyre rubber on the new centre’s floor to ‘christen’ it - McLaren style.



Named after the famous Brazilian Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna, who won all three of his World Championships at the wheel of a McLaren, the McLaren Senna – whose design was led by Harrogate- born Rob Melville - was accompanied by Ayrton’s original Grand Prix winning McLaren MP4/5 race car from 1989.



The event provided the first glimpse inside the new composites technology centre which, when open, will be home to McLaren’s second production facility and the first ever outside of its native Woking.



Over 40 McLaren employees are already based in Sheffield, housed at the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, where they are advancing the process for creating the lightweight carbon fibre Monocage structures at the heart of McLaren cars.



When fully operational, around 200 people will work at the MCTC, which will supply carbon fibre tubs to the McLaren Production Centre in Surrey where the company’s sportcars and supercars are hand- assembled.



Carbon fibre has long been a part of McLaren’s DNA, the company having introduced the very first carbon fibre chassis into Formula 1 in 1981. Carbon fibre’s innate strength and lightweight properties mean that the company has never made a race car, sportscar or supercar without it since.



McLaren is continuing to develop its expertise in both hybrid –it delivered the world’s first hybrid hypercar the P1TM over five years ago – and lightweight materials.



Combined, the two are fundamental in the development of future automotive technologies, capable of driving increased performance while meeting ever stricter environmental legislation. Under the company’s ambitious Track22 business plan, at least half of the brand’s range will feature hybrid technology by 2022.



McLaren Automotive announced earlier this month that it had recorded another record year of growth, selling a total of 3,340 cars in 2017.



It follows the introduction last year of new models in each of the three established McLaren product families; the 570S Spider was added to the Sports Series, the 720S replaced the 650S in the Super Series and the track-concentrated McLaren Senna joined the Ultimate Series.





Mike Flewitt, McLaren Automotive Chief Executive said
: “Today is an important and exciting milestone for everyone at McLaren Automotive, as well as a personal honour, to officially turn on the McLaren sign at what will be our McLaren Composites Technology Centre when it opens later this year.



“It marks the continueddevelopment of the current 2,100 strong company, and will bring new jobs to the Sheffield region which has a proud association with advanced materials; first with steel and now a future to look forward to with carbon fibre innovation and production for McLaren.”






Wayne Bruce- photos McLaren

Permanent-URL: http://www.automobilsport.com/mclaren-automotive-new-carbon-composite-technology-center---171680.html

16.01.2018 / MaP

More News

By 2030, the transport sector will require 138 million fewer cars in Europe and the US
16.01.2018
•    Vehicle stock in China expected to increase by almost 50%•    In 2030, more than one in three kilometres driven will be ‘shared’•    40% of the mileage driven could be done in autonomous vehicles in 2030•    Personal mileage could rise by 23% in Europe, 24 more >>
Das Opel-Original-Zubehör für den Crossland X
15.01.2018
•    Stylishe Accessoires: Edler und hochwertiger Look innen wie außen•    Sinnvolle Ordnung: FlexOrganizer®-Lösungen für noch mehr Reisekomfort•    Sichere Ladung: Transport von Gepäck, Skiern und Snowboards auf dem Dach•    Saubere Sache: Opel-Ko more >>
Dr Ursula von der Leyen, hands over 126 vehicles to the Kingdom of Jordan
15.01.2018
Dr Ursula von der Leyen, Defence Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany, handed 126 Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles over to representatives of the Kingdom of Jordan in Amman. This aid is part of the so-called enabling initiative by more >>
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars 2017 - The year of Bespoke
12.01.2018
The Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Bespoke department is an extraordinary collective of designers, engineers and craftspeople, who bring the marque’s discerning and influential patrons’ most ambitious and personal visions to reality.The R more >>
MBUX - Mercedes-Benz User Experience: revolution in the cockpit
10.01.2018
Taking centre stage in the Mercedes-Benz presence at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas (CES; 9 - 12 January 2018) will be the world premiere of the intuitive and intelligent multimedia system MBUX - Mercedes-Benz User Experience. It will enter series production in 2018 in the new A-Class. more >>
Fresh update for the original: the new MINI Hardtop 2 Door
10.01.2018
... the new MINI Hardtop 4 Door, the new MINI Convertible.The British premium automobile manufacturer strengthens the progressive character and appeal of its models in the small car segment with a stylishly refin more >>
BMW technology equips German bobs for the Olympic Games.
09.01.2018
The German Bobsleigh and Sled Sports Federation (BSD) athletes have a score to settle at the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang (KOR) in February 2018. Four years ago, the successful bob athletes came away without a medal. At the three world championships that foll more >>
Lexus LS 500 Spindle Grille - Hand Molded Precision
09.01.2018
Bringing to life the spindle grille design on the all-new Lexus LS would not have been possible without human accuracy of an exceptional craftsman, transforming machined output in a work of art.The pattern on the evolved, iconic spindle grill more >>
Bildung der Michelin Region Europe North mit Sitz in Deutschland
08.01.2018
-   Anish K. Taneja wird CEO Michelin Europe North-  Weltweite Neuorganisation der Michelin Gruppe mit dem Ziel der noch stärkeren Ausrichtung auf die KundenbedürfnissePhoto: Anish K. Taneja, seit 1. Januar 2018 CEO M more >>
Seat Ibiza - Three decades of development
04.01.2018
    33 years have gone by from the first generation Ibiza to the latest    The design, going from straight lines to a more dynamic silhouette, is one of this icon’s most unique features&nb more >>
Volkswagen on course for the future
29.12.2017
Successful product campaign in 2017:     New Polo augments the world of city specialists    Update raises the Golf to a new, technical level    New model campaign in Brazil begins with the more >>
Volkswagen's 2017 successful models Golf, Tiguan and Touran from Wolfsburg
28.12.2017
 Again in a class of their own in 2017:     Golf: the brand's most successful model with almost a million deliveries in 2017    Golf hatchback dominates segment in Germany and Europe    Tiguan: more >>
Double clutch transmission in the Mini - faster gearshifts and more fun!
20.12.2017
As a brand well known for it’s sporty character, MINI is set to further enhance it’s reputation with the introduction of a new transmission to the range. Extremely fast gear changes, a high degree of shift comfort and optimised efficiency – just some of th more >>
Honda Takes New Approach with Insight Prototype Debuting at NAIAS Detroit
20.12.2017
2018 North American International Auto Show    All-new 2019 Honda Insight will offer premium style and high fuel efficiency in a sophisticated and spacious five-passenger sedan    Powered by latest gener more >>
Audi extends trade-in bonus for switching to latest efficiency technologies
20.12.2017
Initiative to replace diesel cars that meet emissions standards Euro 1 to 4        Amount of bonus depends on model and drive technology of the new car        Additional support for changing ov more >>
BMW Group Spartanburg plant in the USA prepares for BMW X7 series production
20.12.2017
Presentation of the BMW X7 at the end of 2018.Production of the first pre-production models of the new BMW X7 Sports Activity Vehicle has commenced at the BMW Group Spartanburg plant, USA. So the countdown has star more >>
Hartmut Schick to lead Daimler Trucks Asia
20.12.2017
    Marc Llistosella to leave by March 31, 2018 of his own accord    Hartmut Schick will take over responsibility for the business in Asia on April 1, 2018 more >>
Volkswagen Technical Development expands battery competence
20.12.2017
    Frank Blome to head Battery Cell Center of ExcellenceIn the future, Frank Blome is to head the Battery Cell Center of Excellence of the Volkswagen brand. Blome, previously Chairman of more >>
Michael-Julius Renz becomes head of Audi Sport GmbH
20.12.2017
Chairman of the Board of Management at Audi, Rupert Stadler: “Michael Renz will firmly establish Audi Sport as a major player in the global market”        Thanks to predecessor Stephan Winkelmann for restructuring the Audi subsidiary brand        Extended model range for further growth more >>
Audi production: working without backache with the exoskeleton
19.12.2017
The device minimizes physical strain and boosts efficiency.        Employees are testing the ergonomic aid at the Audi plants in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm.  Audi is working to eliminate backache at work with the more >>
Jordi Gené: How does it feel to drive the SEAT CUPRA R?
19.12.2017
   SEAT driver and ambassador Jordi Gené shares his first impressions at the wheel of the new Leon CUPRA R    Equipped with 310 hp output, this is the brand’s most powerful production model and features outstan more >>
SEAT to Recruit 150 Employees in January 2018
15.12.2017
• The positive output forecast in Martorell provides momentum for increasing the workforce• The employees will join the company on 8 JanuarySEAT is going to hire 150 workers for the Martorell factory. The employ more >>
Connect Cultures: The new Audi trainee program
15.12.2017
Audi is increasingly attracting international academic talent for its team: The company is now expanding its offer for graduates with the addition of a new, English language trainee program with the title Connect Cultures. Graduates of international un more >>
Volkswagen comes to terms with its past in Brazil
15.12.2017
    Volkswagen is the first automotive company to examine its history during Brazilian military regimephoto caption:  Memorial plague for the vistims of the Brazilian Military Regime.     Scientifi more >>
McLaren announces second Bruce McLaren Internship winner
14.12.2017
McLaren Automotive, creator of luxury sportscars and supercars, has awarded an international internship to a budding engineering student from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.Following in the footsteps of Bruce McLaren, McLaren’s New Ze more >>
Genesis G80 and G90 Earn 2018 IIHS “Top Safety Pick+” Ratings
13.12.2017
This month the Genesis G80 (when equipped with specific headlights) and G90 earned the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety’s (IIHS) highest rating by being placed in the TOP SAFETY PICK+ category. Both cars earned that rating within the “Large luxury cars” segment. more >>
Marco Schreyl und Julia Kleine präsentieren „zwanzig18 – Die Olympia Show" live bei Eurosport 1 und TLC
13.12.2017
Discovery und Eurosport lüften ein weiteres Geheimnis zur großen Berichterstattung des Senders über die Olympischen Winterspiele PyeongChang 2018 Vom 10. bis 25. Februar werden Eurosport 1 und TLC jeden Abend von 20:15 Uhr bi more >>
Audi analyzes desires of young IT experts
13.12.2017
Company survey focuses on sought-after young talent        Little interest in traditional career paths        Findings for transformation of Audi into a premium digital car company  more >>
Collezione Automobili Lamborghini celebrates the Urus Super SUV
12.12.2017
....with a special edition of co-branded personalized collections Collezione Automobili Lamborghini presents special editions in collaboration with Enzo Bonafè, Hettabretz and Tecknomonster, celebrating the newly launched Lamborghini more >>
SEAT donates vehicles to the Regional Government of Castilla y León
12.12.2017
...for Vocational Training centres in automotives •    The Board of Education will distribute 20 cars among public education centres that teach automotives and vehicle maintenance  •    With this more >>
SEAT: Five driving tips for a carefree Christmas Safety Advice
12.12.2017
•    On blustery days, use a scraper to deice the windows on the outside and switch on the air conditioning to automatic to defog them on the inside•    If your Christmas tree is bulky, secure it on the roof and ensure it only protrudes 15% of its length from the rear of the vehicle•    Durin more >>
Audi to mark Apollo lunar missions with a special commercial
07.12.2017
On December 7, 1972, NASA launched the Apollo program’s final spacecraft bound for the moon. And exactly 45 years later, Audi is commemorating the historic event with “Apollo 45” – a commercial specially created for the occasion. more >>
New up! GTI can now be ordered
05.12.2017
    up! GTI1/2 with 85 kW/115 PS of power brings a new dimension of driving fun to the class of small cars    Lowered bodywork for sporty driving properties    Type approval based on the new WLTP fuel consumption measurement procedure for the first time more >>
SEAT - This is how car parts are put to the challenge
05.12.2017
    Wheels, shock absorbers, seats and doors undergo extreme testing before a car is released on the market    The purpose of these tests is to verify the durability of every part, the safety of the car and that the body is leak proof    Testing on prototypes can predict the wear and tear of materials more >>
Porsche extends contracts of Andreas Haffner and Detlev von Platen
04.12.2017
Supervisory Board appreciates achievementsRemaining in office: The Supervisory Board of Porsche AG has reappointed both the Member of the Executive Board for Sales and Marketing, Detlev von Platen, and the Member of the Executive Board for Human Resources more >>
BMW's ReachNow car-sharing in China
01.12.2017
BMW Group, in partnership with EVCARD, launches ReachNow car-sharing service in ChinaToday, the BMW Group, in partnership with EVCARD, a Shanghai-based electric car-sharing company under Global Car-Sharing & Rental Co. Ltd., la more >>
Next step regarding “digital retail” Around-the-clock Audi Service Station
01.12.2017
..... lays on ultimate customer convenience   Digital 24-hour service terminal with simple order and payment process        End-to-end service from drop-off to pickup      &nb more >>
Groupe Renault announces support for Handicap International.
01.12.2017
•    Through a three-year agreement with Handicap International, Groupe Renault asserts its commitment to extending the international reach of its policy on disability.&bu more >>
Footballers of FC Barcelona drive Audi
30.11.2017
From the pitch to the track   Sporty Audi RS models and SUVs particularly popular with players        Football pros thrilled by driving experience on Spanish race track At a more >>
2001-2022 copyright automobilsport.com