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autoviva2010-05-05 12:33:41

McLaren Production Centre construction ahead of schedule

McLaren Production Centre construction ahead of schedule

McLaren Automotive announced that the construction of its Production Centre (MPC) at the brand’s global headquarters in Woking, UK, is two weeks ahead of schedule. According to McLaren the impressive construction speed, thanks to detailed planning and consultation processes, as well as the good weather experienced in the UK over recent weeks, is a further boost for the launch of McLaren’s first premium high-performance sports cars: the MP4-12C.

“I was born in Woking and am proud that McLaren is the town’s biggest employer as well as being a genuine global leader in technological innovation and high-value manufacturing. With that in mind, it’s great news for all concerned that the MPC is already ahead of schedule,” said Ron Dennis, Executive Chairman of McLaren Group and McLaren Automotive.

Ron Dennis further explains the detailing of the project, “Every aspect has been considered, and solutions resolved, whether it be on the production facility’s timing and layout, the local sensitivities regarding the practical, logistical and environmental impact of the new facility, or how we deal with details such as keeping the site and surrounding roads as clean and as traffic-free as possible. It’s very important to me, to all at McLaren, and to our partners in this project that the MPC is not only brought to life on time and on budget, but that it’s also completed in a way that supports the Woking area and its community.”

The construction of the MPC started on Monday 1st March and its planning took in consideration local concerns in terms of MPC’s impact on traffic and jobs, as well as the environmental and visual impact. The MPC is set to follow the same environmental credentials of the McLaren Technology Centre (MTC).

With its short timetable of approximatey one year from the start of construction to the production of the first 12C high-performance sports car, the build programme of the MPC has become a technical and engineering challenge as well. With the recent news the Mcaren and its partners seem to be going the right way to open the doors to the 33,000m2 innovative new car production centre in the first half of 2011.

Ron Dennis says this is a good start of 2010 for McLaren, “We already have nearly 2,000 car enthusiasts expressing an interest in our first car, the 12C; we’ve already won two of the first four Grands Prix so far this season, including a one-two in China, and we’re currently leading both the Constructors’ World Championship and the Drivers’ World Championship.”

V 8 (90.0º vee)
232 cu in
Top Speed
205 mph
7, Double Clutch
Maximum power
600 hp @ 7000 rpm
Fixed-head coupé
Fuel consumption (combined)
20.1 US MPG
$ 274.487
* based on United Kingdom prices
annual ownership cost
$ 1.641




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