McLaren Tech Club

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McLaren Tech Club

Introducing

The McLaren Tech Club. A series of conversations with the extraordinary minds behind our pioneering supercar technologies. Designed for those who want to delve deeper into the World of McLaren.

A new episode will be published each week, giving an insight into our cars, design philosophy and the people and processes that make McLaren the pioneering supercar company.

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Tech Club Latest Episodes

Tech Club - Episode 1 - Introducing The McLaren Tech Club

Tech Club - Episode 1 - Introducing The McLaren Tech Club

In our first film, Director of Engineering Design, Dan Parry-Williams, talks about Elva’s Active Air Management System.

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Tech Club - Episode 11 - Cutting Edge Materials

Tech Club - Episode 11 - Cutting Edge Materials

The exhaust system in every McLaren is extremely innovative. Capable of withstanding extremes in thermal load while delivering an incredible soundtrack, developing them is a unique process.

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Tech Club - Episode 12 - Functional Beauty

Tech Club - Episode 12 - Functional Beauty

At McLaren, we may make machines for driving but we are not driven by machines. There is emotion in every aspect of our designs – intuition and genuine passion. Join Design Director Rob Melville as he describes the design process in this week’s episode of the McLaren Tech Club…

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Tech Club - Episode 13 - Aerothermal Engineering

Tech Club - Episode 13 - Aerothermal Engineering

The McLaren GT is engineered for continent crossing capability. Innovation brings comfort, performance and poise.

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Tech Club - Episode 14 - A Pioneering Leap

Tech Club - Episode 14 - A Pioneering Leap

For decades, cars had only been made from steel and aluminium. That was just how things were done. Then, in 1981, McLaren built the first ever Formula 1™ car with a carbon fibre monocoque.

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Tech Club - Episode 15 - Speedtail: Wireless Charging

Tech Club - Episode 15 - Speedtail: Wireless Charging

Blending sleek and seamless beauty with pioneering technologies and truly remarkable performance, the Speedtail sits at the pinnacle of the McLaren Ultimate Series. The carbon-fibre-bodied three-seat Hyper GT is the most aerodynamically drag efficient McLaren ever and a showcase for our expertise in lightweight engineering.

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Tech Club - Episode 16 - Speedtail's Pioneering Battery Technology

Tech Club - Episode 16 - Speedtail's Pioneering Battery Technology

The McLaren Speedtail is on the cutting-edge of the automotive world. It innovates on every level, from its aerodynamics to its hybrid powertrain. Creating Speedtail levels of performance wasn’t easy. Hitting 0-300kph in 12.8 seconds requires a combination of aerodynamics, powertrain and tyre technology to launch the car to incredible speeds. For the battery, we have done something very different.

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Tech Club - Episode 17 - 620R: Road and track

Tech Club - Episode 17 - 620R: Road and track

The 570S GT4 is McLaren’s most successful GT racer. What a pity GT racers aren’t road legal…

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Tech Club - Episode 18 - Engineering the 765LT's incredible exhaust noise

Tech Club - Episode 18 - Engineering the 765LT's incredible exhaust noise

Every part of the 765LT has been engineered to give the driver a pure, undiluted connection to the car. Which means you feel the road, the car’s every movement and its incredible performance. But our engineers didn’t just focus on performance. They were also looking to engineer an emotional connection with the engine. And that means sound.

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Tech Club - Episode 19 - 765LT's: The closest connection

Tech Club - Episode 19 - 765LT's: The closest connection

Made using a combination of carbon-fibre and glass, the 765LT's unique engine bay allows the roar of the 765PS 4.0 litre twin-turbocharged V8 to flood though the cabin. Connecting the driver to the car and the feel of pure LT power. Join Chief Engineer James Warner in Episode 19 of the McLaren Tech Club to find out how we did it.

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Tech Club - Episode 2 - McLaren Senna GTR: A force of nature

Tech Club - Episode 2 - McLaren Senna GTR: A force of nature

In episode 2 of our McLaren Tech Club series, Principle Designer Esteban Palazzo talks about the McLaren Senna GTR’s incredible carbon fibre wing and what makes it so special.

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Tech Club - Episode 20 - The science of lightweight

Tech Club - Episode 20 - The science of lightweight

Losing weight. It’s an obsession among our engineers. No stone (or nut, or bolt) is left unturned. They discovered that by spark-engraving the McLaren badge instead of embossing it, they could save 2.4 grams. Now, this might not seem like much… but it all adds up. And anything that lightens our cars is worth the effort.

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Tech Club - Episode 21 - How to build a carbon fibre monocoque

Tech Club - Episode 21 - How to build a carbon fibre monocoque

This week, Wes Jacklin, Plant Director at MCTC, describes how to build the carbon fibre monocoque that sits at the core of every McLaren.

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Tech Club - Episode 22 - The ultimate platform for a GT3 car

Tech Club - Episode 22 - The ultimate platform for a GT3 car

How does the ultimate supercar become the perfect GT racer? The lightweight MonoCage II carbon fibre chassis at the core of the 720S GT3 is the perfect basis from which to create a race car. Find out why in this week's episode of the McLaren Tech Club.

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Tech Club - Episode 23 - How technology makes the 765LT lighter and faster

Tech Club - Episode 23 - How technology makes the 765LT lighter and faster

Join 765LT Programme Manager, Filippo D’adamo, in episode 23 of the McLaren Tech Club as we take a deep dive into the incredible technology behind the new 765LT.

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Tech Club - Episode 24 - Engineering steering feeling

Tech Club - Episode 24 - Engineering steering feeling

The steering wheel is arguably the most important point of interaction between driver and car. Adam Thompson - Chief Engineer for the GT - explains how we engineer steering feel in our supercars.

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Tech Club - Episode 25 - How the 765LT maintains optimum braking temperatures

Tech Club - Episode 25 - How the 765LT maintains optimum braking temperatures

Designing any braking system for a supercar is an incredibly demanding process. There’s teams in charge of making you go fast and there’s teams that are in charge of making you stop just as quickly. Our Brake Systems Project Manager, Lewis Holliday, explains.

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Tech Club - Episode 26 - Speedtail: Designing for three seats

Tech Club - Episode 26 - Speedtail: Designing for three seats

Creating a 3-seat interior layout isn't a challenge a designer faces very often. Join Senior Designer - Alex Alexiev - to learn the story behind the stunning interior of the Speedtail.

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Tech Club - Episode 3 - 765LT Design: Explored

Tech Club - Episode 3 - 765LT Design: Explored

In Episode 3 of the McLaren Tech Club series, Design Director, Rob Melville, talks through the cutting-edge design of the new 765LT

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Tech Club - Episode 4 - Driving The Speedtail For The First Time

Tech Club - Episode 4 - Driving The Speedtail For The First Time

The Speedtail is McLaren’s fastest road car ever. But what does it feel like to drive?

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Tech Club - Episode 5 - Elva: Active Air Management System

Tech Club - Episode 5 - Elva: Active Air Management System

No other car offers this level of connection to the elements. The introduction of the world’s first Active Air Management System (AAMS) allows occupants of the Elva to experience the purest drive imaginable by guiding high speed air over the open cabin, creating calm for driver and passenger.

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Tech Club - Episode 6 - GT Materials

Tech Club - Episode 6 - GT Materials

Stunning to look at. Pleasing to the touch. And chosen to push the boundaries of automotive interior design. Every material inside the new GT is defined by this approach.

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Tech Club - Episode 7 - GT: Cutting Edge Engineering

Tech Club - Episode 7 - GT: Cutting Edge Engineering

Every McLaren has its own distinct personality. But creating that personality isn't as easy as you might think…

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Tech Club - Episode 8 - Elva: Form Follows Function

Tech Club - Episode 8 - Elva: Form Follows Function

The McLaren Elva pushes our daring design language forward. Form follows function more closely than ever.

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Tech Club - Episode 9 - 675LT: Ignition Cut

Tech Club - Episode 9 - 675LT: Ignition Cut

Lots was new with the 675LT and its Ignition Cut technology - a technique adapted from Formula 1™ which sees a momentary cut of the fuel spark on gearshift to deliver a faster gear change - was one particularly innovative feature.

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Tech Club Episode 10 – 765LT: Pursuit of lightweight

Tech Club Episode 10 – 765LT: Pursuit of lightweight

Integral to any true LT is the pursuit of lightweight. The 765LT is no different. It incorporates the absolute cutting edge of automotive material science to bring truly relentless and extreme performance in a package 80kg lighter than the already lightweight 720S.

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