Sports Series proves a game changer as McLaren Automotive celebrates production milestone.
‘A significant milestone in the short history of the company.’ That’s how CEO Mike Flewitt described the moment when a Ceramic Grey 570S rolled off the line to become the 10,000th car produced at the McLaren Production Centre in Woking (MPC).
The landmark has been achieved just over five years since the new production facility was opened in July 2011 and the first car – a McLaren 12C – began its journey down the line.
‘The fact that it took us 42 months to build our 5000th car and just 22 months to build the next 5000 speaks volumes about the pace of development of the company,’ said Mike. ‘Much of that development is thanks to the introduction of the Sports Series family of cars and it’s therefore fitting that the 10,000th car is a McLaren 570S’.
History makers: members of the McLaren Automotive team gather to celebrate with the 10,000th car produced at the MPC.
The Sports Series – comprising the 540C, 570S and 570GT – has certainly been a game changer. Its launch in early 2016 led to the introduction of a second shift at the MPC, increasing the team to 750 people and doubling production capacity from 10 cars a day to 20. Since then around 2000 Sports Series models have been built.
At the same time sales growth has also been exponential – sales in 2016 are on target to almost double year-on-year, from 1654 in 2015 to more than 3000 cars, with 90% of these being exported.
The 10,000th car, in its distinctive colour selected from McLaren Special Operations ‘Defined’ palette, isn’t going to a customer, however. Instead it will take its place in history as part of McLaren’s Heritage Collection.
The 570S, along with its Sports Series siblings 540C and 570GT, has helped McLaren almost double its sales in 2016.