McLaren christened the floor of its new production facility by doing donuts in the Senna hypercar.
This week marks a significant milestone for McLaren. From its Formula One race cars to road-going supercars, everything the company makes is manufactured at McLaren’s facility in Woking, UK, but soon the British automaker will be opening its first off-site production facility based in South Yorkshire, UK. Called the McLaren Composites Technology Centre, the automaker will use the facility to manufacture the carbon fiber tubs that underpin its range of road cars.
As the site nears completion, CEO Mike Flewitt was on hand to illuminate the sign displaying the McLaren nameplate. But how do you mark the occasion McLaren style? By doing a show-stopping display of donuts in a McLaren Senna hypercar, of course. This marks the first time the track-focused McLaren Senna has made its dynamic debut on video.
Culminating a dazzling light show, the McLaren Senna was used to “christen” the floor of the facility in a trail of fresh Pirelli tire rubber. Named after the late Brazilian Formula One driver Ayrton Senna, the Senna hypercar was joined by the legendary race driver's original Grand Prix winning 1989 McLaren MP4/5 race car. Powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 producing 789 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque, McLaren’s latest Ultimate Series is the most extreme road car the British car company has ever built thanks to its striking aerodynamic design and breathtaking performance. Limited to only 500 models, every Senna has already been sold costing a whopping $1 million each.
When fully operational, around 200 employees will work at the McLaren Composites Technology Centre supplying carbon fiber tubs to the McLaren Production Centre in Woking where the company’s sports cars and supercars are hand-assembled. McLaren has long been the leader of carbon fiber construction, having introduced the first carbon fiber chassis into Formula One in 1981. Today, all McLaren cars use a carbon monocoque chassis, so the opening of a new facility dedicated to the production of the lightweight material should further highlight its expertise in this area.