The new McLaren Senna has been in action, laying down some rubber at the new McLaren Composites Technology Centre inauguration in Sheffield, which will build carbon fibre tubs for McLaren’s cars.
The McLaren Senna – McLaren’s new Ultimate Series car – was revealed just before Christmas, with the only unsold car fetching £2.4 million in a charity auction just a day later. And now it’s been in action.
McLaren had the Senna on hand as they inaugurate their new Composites Technology Centre in Sheffield, Christening the floor with a series of Senna doughnuts to leave a trail of fresh Pirelli rubber on the new centre’s floor.
The event gave a first look at McLaren’s new Sheffield Composite Technology Centre (MCTC) where McLaren will be building the carbon fibre monocage structures used in every McLaren car since the very first F1 carbon fibre chassis in 1981.
When the new centre is properly up and running, it will employ 200 people supplying carbon fibre tubs to McLaren’s main Woking Centre, and adding to the more than 40 McLaren employees already based in Sheffield at the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.
Mike Flewitt, McLaren CEO, said:
Today is an important and exciting milestone for everyone at McLaren Automotive, as well as a personal honour, to officially turn on the McLaren sign at what will be our McLaren Composites Technology Centre when it opens later this year.
“It marks the continued development of the current 2,100 strong company, and will bring new jobs to the Sheffield region which has a proud association with advanced materials; first with steel and now a future to look forward to with carbon fibre innovation and production for McLaren.
The new centre will also allow McLaren to continue to grow, which with a record 3,340 cars sold in 2017 – and more new models on the way – is much needed.
McLaren Senna at MCTC Video