The plucky car company from Woking keeps getting better.
When McLaren decided to become a volume supercar manufacturer back in 2011, there was no guarantee it would succeed. Sure, the company had experience in Formula 1 and had built the fastest car the world had ever seen a few decades prior, but conquering the combined might of Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Porsche was no easy task. Fast forward to 2019 and McLaren has been setting sales records. Last year in 2018, McLaren sold 4,806 cars, increasing its growth by over 40% in the process.
As McLaren continues to build more cars, it has reached significant production goals. Five years after the 12C went on sale, McLaren hit a milestone by building its 10,000th car, a grey 570S. Just 18 months later, the brand hit yet another milestone with its 15,000th car, a blue 570S Spider.
McLaren is now celebrating yet another production milestone after its 20,000th car rolled out of the McLaren Production Center (MPC) in Woking, Surrey. This 200,000th car was a 600LT Spider painted in Chicane Grey, a limited run, hardcore version of the 570S Spider. Since the 600LT is McLaren's latest track-focused sports car, we could think of no better model to represent an important milestone.
It only took eight years after the first 12C rolled off the line for McLaren to produce 20,000 cars. The milestones are being reached more quickly - going from 10,000 to 15,000 cars took 18 months, but hitting 20,000 cars only took approximately 12 months.
McLaren says it plans to build around 5,000 cars in 2019 before increasing to around 6,000 cars per year after 2020. This all comes as part of the brand's Track25 business plan which includes 18 new models over seven years, including a P1 successor in 2025. After increasing to 6,000 cars per year, McLaren will have to cap off production in order to retain its brand exclusivity.
"While demand for our products continues to grow, we aim to balance that to maintain exclusivity for our brand and our customers. It is fitting that we celebrate this achievement with a 600LT Spider which has been a huge success for us with all production slots for the coupe variant now sold out," said Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer for McLaren Automotive.