For anyone who’s in any doubt that the UK remains at the absolute pinnacle of automotive engineering, here’s a glimpse into McLaren’s new production centre. The McLaren MP4-12C might have been on sale for a little while now, but the Ricardo powered supercar’s production site has only just been opened to the public – with Prime Minister David Cameron joining Ron Dennis, Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton at the opening ceremony.
The cutting edge assembly site is also responsible for the McLaren F1 team’s activities as well as those for IndyCar, NASCAR, aeroplane engines and the BMW-redesigned BART subway system in San Francisco. The company’s press statement was suitably upbeat about its future plans: ”Today’s visit to McLaren by Prime Minister the Rt Hon David Cameron MP is a statement of intent: that we’re committed to building a homegrown sports car manufacturer to take on the likes of Europe’s and North America’s giants. But that’s not all.
‘Through everything we do, we’re absolutely dedicated to fostering the rebirth of one of Great Britain’s industrial cornerstones: beautiful and meticulously crafted high-tech industrial design and manufacture. Design and manufacturing have been at the backbone of British industry for more than 100 years, and are activities that we as a company not only passionately believe in, but consider of primary importance to the future economic growth and recovery of the United Kingdom.’
Ron Dennis added, ‘In the UK, there has been an over-reliance in the past on the financial and service sectors. Now, industry is realising that Britain’s grand manufacturing tradition is a solid platform upon which to build – and I want the McLaren Group to play its part in the crucial recalibration of UK plc.’
But for us, the factory itself should take centre-stage – enjoy the video showing off its finest assets.