Woking, England – McLaren has announced plans for a new production facility in England that would produce a new range of high-performance, high-technology sports cars.
The McLaren Production Centre (MPC) would be built adjacent to the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, England, and have the capacity for up to 20 pure McLaren sports cars per day. MPC would support over 800 automotive jobs, with an estimated additional 1,500 indirectly in the local economy. The company plans to deliver a high-performance and highly efficient sports car in early 2011.
“Ever since we revealed the McLaren F1 sports car in 1992, it has been a long-held dream of mine to launch a McLaren sports car company,” said chairman Ron Dennis. “Designing, developing and selling globally the best sports cars in the world is just half of that equation; building them to previously unmatched levels of quality, with ground-breaking technologies in a production facility in the U.K. is key to satisfying that dream. I believe that if the McLaren Production Centre is given the go ahead, it will be an engineering centre of excellence of which McLaren and the U.K. can be proud.
“It would be easy enough to consider building McLaren sports cars in existing productive and experienced foreign factories, a number of which are knocking on our door. However, McLaren is a great British company founded over 40 years ago that should, in my view, continue to design and build our own products,” Dennis said.
The company plans to build a range of mid-engine cars, with an initial annual production of 1,000 that will increase to around 4,000 when the range is complete.