“It’s been another fascinating year of development, and the judging by our independent panel of experts has been as tough as ever,” said Graham Heeps, Editor of Vehicle Dynamics International magazine. “The world was waiting to see how the new McLaren MP4-12C would shape-up at the pinnacle of what the automotive industry has to offer, and it hasn’t disappointed. The team in Woking should be enormously proud.”
Accepting the award was Mark Vinnels, program director at McLaren Automotive, who said: “This is an important award for us. Not only is it our first car of the year title, but it’s in recognition of everything we have put into this car: an obsession with reducing weight, a commitment to using carbon fibre in a revolutionary way, and a thorough understanding of the best ways to integrate our Formula 1 expertise.”
Also worthy noting is Jurgen Putzschler of Ford, who scooped the highly prized titile for Dynamicist of the Year, in recognition of his work as the vehicle dynamics supervisor for the new global C-Car platform, which includes the Focus and C-MAX.
“Ford’s new C-Car platform will spawn a dozen vehicles, from MPVs to performance cars, and with a high degree of commonality between them. It can be a thankless task to serve so many masters, but on the evidence of the Focus and C-MAX, Putzschler has done a remarkable job,” said Graham Heeps, when speaking at the Award for Dynamicist of the Year.