McLaren Automotive announces second Bruce McLaren International Internship winner

14 Dec 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 Zealand born founder, Thomas Evans has been chosen to be the second recipient of the internship.

Thomas is in his penultimate year of a Bachelor of Engineering degree at the Faculty of Engineering where he is studying Engineering Science. He will spend around nine weeks at the iconic McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, Surrey, England where he will work alongside the company’s research and development engineers as well as gaining an understanding of other key areas of the business.

Nearly 60 years ago, Bruce McLaren travelled to England on a similar ‘Driver to Europe’ scholarship to pursue his motorsport aspirations before founding his own racing company, Bruce McLaren Racing, in 1963.

Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Bruce McLaren was an accomplished engineer and innovator as well as a successful racing driver.

Born in Southampton, England, Thomas grew up and was raised in Whangaparaoa, north of Auckland, where he attended Wentworth College.

Since Thomas began studying, he has been involved with a group of engineering students at the University who design and manufacture a single-seater race car every year. His academic studies have explored automotive design and he is passionate about motorsport – a perfect fit for McLaren.

Commenting on the internship, Thomas said: “I’m honoured to have been chosen to be the second recipient of the Bruce McLaren International Internship. Automotive engineering is a field that is very hard to get into so to get an opportunity like this with McLaren is amazing and not something I ever dared dream would be possible. I am excited to get to McLaren, meet the people and get started!”

Commenting on the internship, Amanda McLaren, Bruce’s daughter and Brand Ambassador for McLaren Automotive said: “It’s a great honour to have an international internship named after my father and I’m grateful to both McLaren Automotive and the University of Auckland, where my father studied, for supporting and making this happen to benefit young engineering talent.

“I know my father would be very proud of what McLaren has become as we now build some of the world’s most iconic sportscars and supercars. I’m sure he would be equally proud of the internship which also celebrates the strong links between Britain and New Zealand that exist today. I can’t wait to meet Thomas and I know he will get a lot out of his time here, working with and learning from all the teams across the business.”

Nic Smith, Dean of Engineering at the University of Auckland said: “The Faculty is delighted to be working with McLaren Automotive to offer Thomas, a bright New Zealand engineering student, the opportunity to visit one of the world’s most innovative automotive companies. I congratulate Thomas on being awarded this internship which is a fantastic opportunity for him.”

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About McLaren Automotive:


McLaren Automotive is a British manufacturer of luxury, high-performance sports and supercars, 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.

Further Information:

Wayne Bruce
Global Communications & PR Director | McLaren Automotive Limited
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Amel Boubaaya
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Roger Ormisher
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Laura Conrad
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Gracia Yap
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