McLaren Senna in ACTION at new McLaren Composites Technology Centre

Rodiano Bonacci
Gennaio 17, 2018

McLaren has inaugurated its new carbon composites technology centre in Sheffield with a live showcase using two of its most extreme machines.

As darkness descended at the £50million McLaren Composites Technology Centre (MCTC) nearing completion in the Sheffield region, McLaren Automotive Chief Executive Mike Flewitt was on-hand to illuminate the famous marque's sign.

The track-focused machine performed doughnuts to "christen" the facility with fresh Pirelli rubber, while an MP4/5 Formula One auto - piloted by Ayrton Senna in 1989 - sat alongside. Named after the late Brazilian Formula One driver Ayrton Senna, the Senna hypercar was joined by the legendary race driver's original Grand Prix winning 1989 McLaren MP4/5 race vehicle.

When the MCTC is fully operational, around 200 people will be employed at the production plant.

An event was held to mark the inauguration of the facility yesterday (16 January 2018) providing a first glimpse inside the new composites technology centre.

"The now-iconic McLaren F1 was the world's first road vehicle to be built with a carbon fibre chassis and every auto built more recently by McLaren Automotive has the same". Carbon fibre's innate strength and lightweight properties mean that the company has never made a race vehicle, sportscar or supercar without it since.

The future Ultimate Series model wasn't the only special guest either, as McLaren brought another vehicle with ties to the late Formula One driver Ayrton Senna: the MP4/4.

"Today is an important and exciting milestone for everyone at McLaren Automotive, as well as a personal honour, to officially turn on the McLaren sign at what will be our McLaren Composites Technology Centre when it opens later this year".

McLaren Automotive announced earlier this month that it had recorded another record year of growth, selling a total of 3,340 cars in 2017.

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