McLaren Automotive celebrates its cars being ‘Built in Britain’ at the 2018 London Motor Show
9 May 2018
- McLaren Automotive helps to celebrate the best of British manufacturing at the London Motor Show, May 17-20, at ExCeL London
- Award-winning McLaren Super Series and Sports Series models on display within ‘Built in Britain’ area
- Proudly British company continues to invest in the UK, its second-largest market by sales volume
- Construction of new McLaren Composite Technology Centre nears completion and is scheduled to open by year end
McLaren Automotive, the British creator of luxury, high performance sportscars and supercars, will be displaying its award-winning cars within the ‘Built in Britain’ area at the Confused.com London Motor Show, due to take place between May 17-20 at the ExCeL London.
The exhibition celebrates all that is great in British automotive engineering and will be focusing exclusively on vehicles which are designed, built or assembled in the UK.
Opening the high-octane display will be the ground-breaking McLaren 720S, the winner of EVO Car of the Year 2017 and BBC TopGear Magazine Supercar of the Year 2017. The second-generation Super Series will be taking centre stage at the show, alongside models from the McLaren Sports Series, including the practical McLaren 570GT and the uncompromised 570S Spider, which combines exceptional dynamism with the extra exhilaration of open-air motoring.
As an iconic British brand, McLaren Automotive continues to invest in British manufacturing. The company’s state-of-the-art McLaren Technology Centre (MTC) and McLaren Production Centre (MPC) in Woking, Surrey, where the cars are hand-assembled, are home to a growing workforce of around 2,300 people. The brand’s first global retailer opened at One Hyde Park, London in 2011 and has been continuously delivering the highest-standards of service to discerning McLaren customers based in the capital. Today, the company operates via a dedicated network of 86 locations in 31 markets and in 2017 generated record sales of 3,340 cars globally. Sales in its second-largest and home market were up by 23%, reaching 550 vehicles. The MPC is now operating a second shift and building up to 20 cars a day to support this unprecedented increase in customer demand. As a result of this significant growth, McLaren Automotive has been ranked as the number one company overall in The Sunday times Top Track 250 league table, which lists some of Britain’s biggest businesses by sales, growth and profitability.
In 2017, the company announced the McLaren Composites Technology Centre (MCTC) in Sheffield, Yorkshire which will supply carbon fibre tubs to the MPC. The construction of the new facility is due to conclude by year-end and once fully operational will employ around 200 people. McLaren engines are also assembled in the UK and the in-sourcing of carbon fibre tub production will further increase the UK content of McLaren cars to over 50%. In recognition of its commitment to exemplar UK manufacturing, McLaren Automotive was named 2017 Manufacturer of the Year at the prestigious TMMX National Manufacturing Awards.
David Gilbert, Managing Director at McLaren Automotive Europe, commented: “We are very excited to return to our ‘home’ motor show and display some of our breath-taking cars at the ‘Built in Britain’ exhibition. McLaren epitomises the British luxury sportscar that blends cutting edge innovation and hand-built craftsmanship. We rely on continuous investment in our home market and are now globally-recognised as the pinnacle of British manufacturing with around 90% of our vehicles exported. I hope that our cars will thrill the visitors at the show and that they will share our excitement and enthusiasm for products made in the UK.”
For more information on McLaren Automotive and its award-winning range of sportscars and supercars, including the new 720S and 570S Spider, visit: cars.mclaren.com
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About McLaren Automotive:
McLaren Automotive is a creator of luxury, high-performance sportscars and supercars.
The company, launched in 2010, is now the largest part of the McLaren Group.
Every vehicle is hand-assembled at the McLaren Production Centre (MPC) in Woking, Surrey, England.
The company has three defined product families: Sports Series, Super Series and Ultimate Series which are retailed through over 80 retailers in 30 markets around the world.
McLaren is a pioneer that continuously pushes the boundaries. In 1981, it introduced lightweight and strong carbon fibre chassis into Formula 1 with the McLaren MP4/1. Then in 1993 it designed and built the McLaren F1 road car - the company has not built a car without a carbon fibre chassis since. As part of the Ultimate Series, McLaren was the first to deliver a hybrid hypercar, the McLaren P1™.
Announced in 2016, the company’s Track22 business plan will see the company invest £1billion in research and development to deliver 15 new cars or derivatives by the end of 2022, of which at least half will be hybrids.
2017 saw the company launch further models in line with Track22 including the second-generation Super Series, the 570S Spider and the McLaren Senna.
To support the development, engineering and manufacture of its range of innovative sportscars and supercars, McLaren Automotive partners with world leading companies to provide specialist expertise and technology. These include AkzoNobel, Kenwood, Pirelli and Richard Mille.
The McLaren Group is a global leader in luxury high performance and technology and comprises three principal businesses: Automotive, Racing and Applied Technologies.
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