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Posted by Joseph Clement on 18 January, 2018

This picture was the product of a special event held by McLaren to inaugurate their new Composites Technology Centre (MCTC) in Sheffield, UK. This brand new high-tech facility will produce carbon fibre tubs to be used in the creation of McLaren supercars. To celebrate the first look inside the factory and the official turning on of their sign, McLaren not only showcased their new McLaren Senna but also the Grand Prix winning McLaren MP4/5 race car from 1989 that was driven by the late, great, Ayrton Senna.

Guests were apparently greeted by an indoor light show that ended with a McLaren Senna carrying out a sequence of doughnuts that left a trail of tire marks on the new factory floor. Sounds like the perfect baptism for a workshop dedicated to producing carbon fibre monocoque structures.

McLaren Senna supercar alongside MP4/5 Formula One race car
Photo credit: McLaren Automotive

Here is what McLaren Automotive chief executive, Mike Flewitt, had to say:

“Today is an important and exciting milestone for everyone at McLaren Automotive, as well as a personal honour, to officially turn on the McLaren sign at what will be our McLaren Composites Technology Centre when it opens later this year.”

Following the recent success of their Sports Series models – e.g. 570S, 650S, 720S – McLaren knew that they would need to expand their production capabilities to meet the demand of their growing customer base. The new £50million factory will have 200 workers when fully operational, creating job opportunities for people living in Sheffield and surrounding areas.

MCTC will start producing carbon fibre tubs for McLaren from 2019.