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12th June 2018, Woking

Milestone for McLaren

The symbolic key to the building that will house the new £50 million McLaren Composites Technology Centre (MCTC) was handed over to McLaren Automotive ahead of final fitting out at the end of May.

The MCTC will be the Yorkshire-based facility where McLaren will develop the process for making the ultra-lightweight and strong carbon fibre tubs that are at the heart of all of its luxury family of sportscars and supercars.

When open, the MCTC will be home to McLaren’s second ever production facility and the first outside its native Woking. © MCTC

The finished tubs will then be sent to the McLaren Production Centre in Surrey where the company’s vehicles have been hand-assembled since 2011.

Ruth Nic Aoidh, McLaren’s executive director, commercial and legal, received the key to the building from Owen Michaelson, chief executive of Harworth Group which has built the unit at the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham. On display for the occasion were the company’s current family of products, including members of the Sports Series and Super Series as well as a rare appearance by the McLaren Senna – all 500 units of which have been allocated to customers.

When open, the MCTC will be home to McLaren’s second ever production facility and the first outside its native Woking. Around 45 McLaren employees are already housed at the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), innovating the process for creating lightweight tubs, and when fully operational, the team will grow to around 200 people.

McLaren introduced the very first carbon fibre chassis into Formula 1 in 1981 and the company has never made a race car, sportscar or supercar without it since.

Over the coming months the centre will be fitted out with the production equipment required to become fully operational next year and support hundreds of skilled jobs.

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