McLaren Automotive backs 2018 UK STEM Awards to encourage new automotive engineering & technology talent

29 Sep 2017

McLaren Automotive has announced its backing for the 2018 Telegraph UK STEM Awards that highlight science, technology, engineering and maths-based careers.

McLaren Automotive is supporting the automotive technology category to emphasise the importance of STEM careers. The Awards - now in their fifth year - are aimed at talented undergraduate level students and showcase the company’s constant drive to hire the best talent needed to develop the next generation of world-beating sports cars and supercars.

For talented and ambitious students, the Awards provide a rare opportunity to present their bright ideas to some of the key decision-makers at one of the world’s most exciting car companies.

To enter the McLaren Automotive-backed automotive technology category, McLaren’s judges have set students a challenge linked to the rise of connected cars.

While vehicles are becoming ever smarter and more connected, McLaren owners will always love the thrill of driving. Students will need to come up with ideas for how technology can be used in McLaren’s future luxury cars in a way that ensures they continue to engage customers in the entertainment of driving.

The winner of McLaren’s automotive technology category will go forward to compete to be crowned the overall UK STEM Awards winner, with a chance to receive a grand prize of £25,000 at the prestigious final to be held in London next summer.

Previous winners of the McLaren category impressed judges so much that they were offered permanent positions at the company’s world-renowned global headquarters in Woking, Surrey.

Judging the McLaren category are Paul Arkesden, Head of Engineering for McLaren Special Operations (MSO) responsible for product development at McLaren’s bespoke operation; Simon Lacey, Head of Advance Engineering for McLaren Automotive, who creates and develops game-changing technology for future cars; and Dr Caroline Hargrove, Technical Director for McLaren Applied Technologies, McLaren Automotive’s sister-company within the McLaren Group, that helped to develop the hybrid powertrain of the McLaren P1™.

Full details of how to enter the McLaren Automotive category of the 2018 Telegraph UK STEM awards will be published in The Sunday Telegraph on October 1 and on the Telegraph website at

After the February 19, 2018, closing date for submissions , the trio of McLaren judges will shortlist up to five of the best entries based on what they feel are the most creative and innovative ideas that meet the challenge. Those who make it through Paul, Simon and Caroline’s expert scrutiny will then be invited to the McLaren Production Centre in Woking, Surrey, where the company designs, develops and hand-assembles its cars to present their ideas in person. After that they will get an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour to see at first-hand the work of some of the company’s 2,100 strong workforce.

McLaren’s involvement in the Awards is part of its long-term commitment to encourage the uptake of STEM subjects. That commitment includes a network of McLaren STEM Ambassadors who regularly visit schools, colleges and science fairs, as well as support for schemes that reach younger age-groups, such as the recent BBC Live Lesson on physical forces that was broadcast live from the McLaren Technology Centre to primary schools across the UK.

“We’re delighted to support the STEM Awards and for McLaren Automotive to back the automotive technology category. Our judges have set students a challenge that is both stretching and exciting but also one that is very relevant to a forward-thinking company like ours that is about creating the ultimate driving experience and enabling that through the clever deployment of technology,” said Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer of McLaren Automotive.

“The Awards highlight the work McLaren undertakes to promote initiatives to inspire more young people to take up and pursue science, technology, engineering and maths. Backing STEM is also vital to secure the future of the UK’s engineering base, which is a key part of a successful, productive economy and vital to the future of a company such as McLaren Automotive, which relies on hiring the best talent to create world-beating products.”


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About McLaren Automotive:

McLaren Automotive is a British manufacturer of luxury, high-performance sports and super cars, located at the McLaren Technology Centre (MTC) in Woking, Surrey. For the past 30 years, McLaren has pioneered the use of carbon fibre in vehicle production and since introducing a carbon chassis into racing and road cars with the 1981 McLaren MP4/1 and 1993 McLaren F1 respectively, McLaren has not built a car without a carbon fibre chassis.

Following the global launch of McLaren Automotive in 2010, the groundbreaking 12C was revealed in 2011, the 12C Spider in 2012, and the limited-run McLaren P1™ went into production in 2013. In keeping with its plan to introduce a new model each year, the company unveiled the 650S, in Coupé and Spider form in 2014, while 2015 proved to be a year of unprecedented growth of the product portfolio with five new models launched across the full range. The strictly limited edition 675LT Coupé premiered at the Geneva Motor Show alongside the track-only McLaren P1™ GTR which, with 1,000PS, became the most powerful model ever produced by the brand. The much-anticipated Sports Series became the third – and final – model tier in the McLaren range with the 570S Coupé and 540C Coupé debuting in New York and Shanghai respectively, less than one month apart. The end of 2015 saw the launch of the fifth model, the 675LT Spider, which was as a direct response to customer demand. The year also saw the end of production for the first model in the Ultimate Series as the 375th McLaren P1™ was completed, closing what had become a defining year for the British brand. 2016 continued where 2015 had left off with the introduction of the 570GT - a second bodystyle for the Sports Series and the most luxurious car McLaren has ever built, as well as the 570S GT4 and 570S Sprint track variants. 2016 also marked the introduction of the company’s new business plan, Track22, which sees the company investing £1B in Research and Development to deliver 15 all new cars or derivatives by the end of 2022, of which at least 50% will feature hybrid technology. The uplift in sales in 2016 also saw the launch of the second shift at the McLaren Production Centre as well as the company’s third year of profitability in just six years of trading. In March 2017, the second-generation Super Series was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show with the global premiere of the McLaren 720S. The first convertible model in the Sports Series, the 570S Spider, was revealed in June 2017 and made its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

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Further information:

Wayne Bruce
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