The MPC will have 32,000 sqm and is located at McLaren Group’s headquarters in Woking, England. The construction has begun on March 1 following a designed from Foster + Partners, the same architects behind the award-winning McLaren Technology Centre (MTC). The facility is supposed to be finished in 12 months, so the MP4-12C will get on the production line in spring 2011.
“We have long held the dream of building a range of McLaren high-performance sports cars that take the raw elements of Formula 1 principles, processes and performance and forge them into a unique package; one that offers customer-focused requirements of quality, efficiency, comfort and reliability,” said Ron Dennis, Chairman of McLaren Automotive.
“Today’s announcements confirm our intention to challenge convention at the highest levels of automotive design, from a high-tech home that I am proud to say will deliver jobs, expertise and innovation in manufacturing and engineering."
“In my first season at McLaren in 1981 we were an operation of 50 people dedicated solely to winning motor races. Since then, we have grown to a company of over a thousand that is, I believe, at the forefront of the UK’s innovative manufacturing industries. Everything we have achieved as a well-honed and fiercely competitive team over the past 30 years has prepared us for this moment."
“It is with great confidence, and genuine excitement, that we move forward with our plans to open up a new chapter for McLaren and the UK’s modern manufacturing industries,” Dennis concluded.
The 40 million pounds necessary for the investment were provided by the shareholders.