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As far as innovation and record-breaking results are concerned, McLaren Group is undoubtedly ahead of the curve. All vehicles produced by McLaren Automotive, Technology Group and McLaren Racing divisions perform magic as on city roads so on race tracks. These British gurus ensured that their cars were globally recognized as the most efficient and unique ones. This is not mere verbiage: McLaren is the most titled team in F1 and other racing competitions. Let’s oversee the magic!
McLaren Automotive focuses on the development of high-performance cars with no matches. Its current lineup consists of Sports line (570S, 540C models), Super line (675 LT, 650S Spider, 650S Coupe models) and Ultimate line (P1 GTR, P1 models). Each unit is a masterpiece, created in five stages.
The first stage is setting the aim. McLaren engineers believe that it’s impossible to design a vehicle without a particular objective. For example, the aim of P1 ultimate model was to build a technologically advanced mechanism that could provide excitement to the driver. The second stage is testing aerodynamics to make sure that the future car meets the key targets.
The third step in the development is sketching. Meticulous designers spend night a day drawing in details the chassis and exterior looks. Further on, engineers settle down to clay modeling – an effective tool for evaluating a worked out design. According to McLaren, unlike computer/digital technologies, clay allows creating contours, feeling the shapes and measuring the curves. Besides, this material is beneficial in terms of flexibility: it’s feasible to remove or add pieces of clay to any part of the model in order to perfect the shapes before moving to the production.
Finally, ingenious engineers are working out dedicated innovative technologies which would transform a pile of metal into a smart four-wheeled assistant, a supercar with state-of-the-art possibilities.
Interestingly enough, McLaren Special Operations, a dedicated division of McLaren Automotive, has reached an apex of ingenuity: the team specializes in the customization of original models on make-to-order template. McLaren X-1 is one of their latest masterpieces.
McLaren Automotive is a renowned manufacturer of race cars. Actually, it is McLaren GT arm that develops and supports all company’s track and race activities. This division is headquartered from Woking, Surrey, still using the technologies from McLaren Racing subsidiary. The latter is often marketed as McLaren Honda – a British F1 team, the second oldest active race participant after Ferrari and an award-winning Formula 1 constructor. The company’s designers focus on innovation that adds to the overall car’s performance. Thus, they invent a new upgrade to the F1 vehicles every 17 minutes!
Racing Achievements & Prospects
A successful history of McLaren race cars started in 1963 when Bruce McLaren, a racer from New Zealand, won 1966 Monaco Grand Prix. Later on, he established a team that won its first title at 1968 Belgian Grand Prix. Since that time, the team has been dominating all major racing competitions in the world. Upon the whole, it gained 180 grand prix awards and 20 World Championships. No other brand can boast such a stunning amount of victories, but McLaren can.
Record-breaking results and global popularity of McLaren team would be impossible without McLaren Technology Group. The group is a key innovator in racing, transforming the company into the world’s most outstanding high-technology brands. Moreover, its corporate philosophy is based on the commitment to build no-compromise vehicles which would cultivate the thirst for utmost performance and utmost results.
Bruce McLaren was not the only operating personality who held hands to the creation of the brand. He would be unable to breakthrough in race competitions without his first assistant – M6GT. In sober fact, there were only two such models; the first one (an original prototype) was in Bruce’s personal ownership; unfortunately, this vehicle became Bruce’s last whereabouts, since in 1970 he got into an accident and passed away in the age of 32. The second one was built by Trojan.
McLaren boasts a list of other vehicles which became icons. Here are only a few of them: McLaren M81 Mustang (introduced by Ford in late 1980s), F1 & F1 GTR, McLaren Mercedes MP4/98T and SLR (P7) (introduced in tandem with Mercedes-Benz).
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