McLaren Automotive reveals details of Composites Technology Centre
McLaren has unveiled details of its Composites Technology Centre which will be responsible for manufacturing the chassis of future McLaren cars.
The new centre is based close to the campus of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre at the University of Sheffield.
According to McLaren, construction is due to commence in early 2017 with the first pre-production carbon fibre chassis expected to be completed later in the year. The first pre-production chassis will be made by using trial manufacturing processes in the AMRC with a view to going into full production by 2020.
“We evaluated several options to achieve this objective but the opportunity created by the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre at the University of Sheffield was compelling,” said Mike Flewitt, chief executive officer of McLaren Automotive.
“At the AMRC, we will have access to some of the world’s finest composites and materials research capabilities, and I look forward to building a world-class facility and talented team at the new McLaren Composites Technology Centre.”
The new Composites Technology Centre is McLaren’s first purpose built facility outside of its Woking base and is believed to create more than 200 jobs.