CARBON FIBRE FUTURE

Sheffield chosen for high-tech facility to bring the manufacture of our unique carbon fibre chassis to the UK.

 

 

Work is about to start on a ‘world-class facility’ that will mean every one of McLaren Automotive’s road cars will be built on a carbon fibre chassis made in the UK.

The new McLaren Composites Technology Centre (MCTC) is to be built in Sheffield, thanks to a £50m joint investment with Sheffield City Council and the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC).

It will be our first purpose-built facility outside the current McLaren campus in Woking, and will mean that by 2020 all McLarens will be almost 60 percent UK-sourced.

Announcing first details of the project, McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt called it the ‘next logical step’ in the company’s carbon fibre journey:

‘In 1981 McLaren was the first company to recognise the exceptional properties of carbon fibre, and we have designed it to be at the heart of every McLaren road and racing car ever since,’ he said.

‘At the AMRC we will have access to some of the world’s finest composites and materials research capabilities, and I look forward to building a world-class facility and talented team at the new MCTC.’

Once up to full production the MCTC will not only produce the next generation MonoCell using advanced automated manufacturing techniques, but will also be responsible for developing the chassis for future models.

 

Sheffield swaps steel for carbon fibre: McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt reveals his plans to build a new Composites Technology Centre during a launch event at Sheffield University’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.

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