When people think of McLaren, they might picture a professional racing driver holding a trophy at the Grand Prix, or a Formula 1 car travelling at super high speed. But some may be surprised to know that today McLaren Automotive – creator of luxury, high-performance sports cars and supercars for the road – is now the largest part of the McLaren Group.
This exciting brand is truly British: all McLaren cars are hand-built in Britain, with over 90 per cent of these exported abroad, to over 30 markets around the world. It was founded a mere eight years ago, and has become the fastest growing luxury automotive manufacturer in Britain, recording an extraordinary 47.73 per cent year-on-year growth in the first half of 2018. Last year, McLaren unveiled its Track25 business plan, which will see the organisation invest £1.2bn in research and development to deliver 18 new cars or derivatives by the end of 2025.
In 2018 McLaren unveiled the 600LT and the 570GT Black Collection with an all-black stealth design created by McLaren Special Operation.
This will keep its products at the forefront of technical excellence. The company plans for 100 per cent of its sportscars and supercars in its line-up to be hybrid within seven years. Continuously pushing the boundaries of innovation, McLaren is developing a lighter, super fast-charging high-power battery system with the goal to cap production at just 6,000 mid-engined sports cars and supercars a year, despite increasing demand.
The company continues to innovate and invest in performance-enhancing capabilities such as lightweight materials. It has built a £50m Composites Technology Centre in Yorkshire, where engineers are developing the process for the next generation of McLaren’s ultra-lightweight, high- strength carbon fibre tubs, which can be found at the heart of all its sportscars and supercars. Carbon fibre has long been a part of McLaren’s DNA: it introduced the very first carbon fibre chassis into Formula 1 in 1981. Each vehicle in the McLaren range is hand- assembled at the McLaren Production Centre (MPC) in Woking, Surrey, with defined product families: Sports Series, Super Series and Ultimate Series, which are offered through over 80 retailers around the world.
McLaren plans for 100 per cent of its sportscars and supercars in its line-up to be hybrid within seven years
In 2017, McLaren revealed several new models including the second-generation Super Series, the McLaren 720S and the 570S Spider. In 2018, the company launched the McLaren Senna. Bearing the name of legendary Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna, who won all three of his World Championships at the wheel of a McLaren, this latest model in the Ultimate Series is the most extreme, responsive and engaging road-legal McLaren ever, with the purest connection between driver and car. Only 500 examples will ever be built – and all were reserved before the car was unveiled.
In 2018 McLaren unveiled the 600LT and the 570GT Black Collection with an all-black stealth design created by McLaren Special Operation. This is the company’s bespoke division, which allows owners to personalise their McLaren to
their individual tastes with anything from trim and colour to more extensive engineering modifications. Limited to just 100 examples worldwide, and promising to be a true collectable, the 570GT Black Collection is finished with a Carbon Black exterior and a wealth of luxury modifications.
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