Category: Automotive History
Facts about Mclaren Automobiles. The Mclaren Group is a family of companies, all related and interrelated to Mclaren Racing. Mclaren group includes Mclaren Automotive, Mclaren Racing and Mclaren Applied Technologies.
Mclaren Applied Technologies
Mclaren Applied Technologies is essentially an application of the data collecting, analysis and engineering skills used in Mclaren Racing and Mclaren Automotive to other, paying customers. Mclaren Applied Technologies supports customers in the energy sector, transportation, energy and even healthcare. Since Mclaren Applied Technologies’ core is data analysis, simulation and data management, its healthcare data analytics efforts are in affiliation with GSK. Using the data collection and analysis skills honed by studying the data from 200 or more sensors located on its Formula One race cars, Mclaren Applied Technologies is focused on expanding in the biotelemetry field.
Mclaren Applied Technologies has around 250 employees.
Mclaren Automobile History and Information
Mclaren produced the first carbon fiber Formula car in 1981. Mclaren Cars, the forerunner of Mclaren Automotive, was established as its own company in 1989. Mclaren Automotive was formalized in 2010. It works closely with Mclaren Racing but is a separate company.
Mclaren Automotive released the 12C in 2011. This was followed by the 12C Spider in 2012. A limited edition Mclaren P1 was released in 2013, making it the rarest street-legal Mclaren Automotive car. The Mclaren 650S Coupe and 650S Spider rolled out in 2014.
Mclaren Automotive in conjunction with Mclaren Racing makes the Mclaren GT, a GT race car. The 12C GT3 was released in 2011. The 12C GT3 won the Barcelona 24 Hours, British GT, GT Cup, and the FIA GT1 World Championship among other races in 2012. More than a dozen 12C GT3 teams raced in 2013 and 2014.
Mclaren Special Operations or MSO specializes in making custom cars, such as the Mclaren X-1. These cars are typically made for other companies and are separate from the Formula One racing cars built with Mclaren Racing, though the cars made by Mclaren Special Operations may be race cars.
Mclaren Automotive makes a few high performance cars, all limited in quantity. For example, only 375 Mclaren P1 cars were made, each costing around a million dollars in American currency. The Mclaren 12C is slightly cheaper at around $200,000. That car is considered a competitor for the Lamborghini Gallado, the best selling Lamborghini car, of which 14,000 were made. Mclaren Automotive’s luxury sports cars are built with the same carbon fiber frames as its race cars.
Mclaren Automotive has around a thousand employees.
History of Mclaren Racing
The McLaren F1 is McLaren’s modern Formula 1 racing car. Formula One cars and other GT cars are essentially race cars descended from street legal cars, instead of cars engineers specifically to be race cars.
Mclaren cars roared across the racing world claiming a massive number of titles and championships in the 1970s. McLaren won the world championship in 1972 and again in 1974. Emerson Fittipaldi was the driver both times, becoming the world’s youngest champion at that time, a record not beaten until the 1990s.
Mclaren cars won the Indy 500 in 1972, 1974 and 1976. Mclaren cars won the 1974 Brazilian Grand Prix, 1974 Belgian Grand Prix, 1973 and 1974 Canadian Grand Prix.
Mcclaren was second in the 1975 Monaco Grand Prix.
Mclaren cars regularly compete in the United States Grand Prix. McLaren Racing also competes in the Pirelli World Challenge race in California.
Mclaren Racing has around 600 employees.
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