McLaren builds its 10,000th car

Article by Christian A., on December 20, 2016

After introducing the first ever MP4-12C in the last 5 years, McLaren once again celebrates an important milestone in history. The British car manufacturer has just completed the production of its 10,000th vehicle and it’s none other than the 570S in Ceramic Grey.

This unusual shade comes from the MSO’s “Defined” bespoke color chart. Mike Flewitt their CEO, fondly recalls how they built the first half of the 10,000 units, saying that it went on for at least 42 months. As a matter of fact, the team worked extensively from McLaren’s Production Centre in England to build its 5,000th car.

Considering that time frame, who would think it would only take them 22 months to finish the second half? But they did! The “pace of development” says a lot how far the company has grown all these years. McLaren indeed has a lot to be thankful for.

After bringing out the Sports Series, the production centre has never been busier. McLaren hires a total of 750 workers at present. Since the demand for 570GT, 570S and 540C has doubled, they needed to hire as many people to work for their team.

Instead of only 10 units, they were able to produce up to 20 vehicles daily. McLaren has also achieved a massive sales increase this year. A major achievement if you have to consider last year’s 1,654 to almost 3,000 this 2016. This don’t happen all the time,  especially to a company that has been around the industry for only five years.

In fact, over ninety percent of those units were even marketed outside the UK. For decades, McLaren has been known for its success as a racing team. They built the highly phenomenal F1 supercar in the ‘90s and subsequently launched the SLR together with Mercedes-Benz. Yet it was only back in 2011 when the company decided to produce and design their own road cars.

More so, McLaren doesn’t come cheap. A single unit would’ve cost more than $100,000 just like a 570S comes with a starting price of $200,000.In other words; this isn’t something you’d want to compare with just about any production vehicle from the mainstream.

All the same, McLaren still has a lot of work to be done especially in competing along with Lamborghini and Ferrari’s supercars. But considering its position in the sales charts and being able to produce its 10,000th vehicle (faster than any of its rivals) is already an important achievement. It truly deserves a round of applause.

Press Release

McLAREN AUTOMOTIVE BUILDS ITS 10,000TH CAR

McLaren Automotive has today celebrated the manufacture of its 10,000th car from the McLaren Production Centre in Woking, England. The 10,000th car, a McLaren 570S finished in Ceramic Grey paintwork from the McLaren Special Operations ‘Defined’ palette, rolled out of the Production Centre just over five years after the first car, a McLaren 12C, was completed.

Commenting on the moment that the car left the Production Centre, McLaren Automotive Chief Executive Officer, Mike Flewitt, said: “The production of the 10,000th McLaren is a significant milestone in the short history of the company. The fact that it took us 42 months to build our 5,000th car and just 22 months to build the next 5,000 speaks volumes about the pace of development of the company. Much of that development is thanks to the introduction of the Sports Series family of cars and it’s therefore fitting that the 10,000th car is a McLaren 570S.”

In early 2016, a second shift was introduced into the McLaren Production Centre to cater for the increased volume thanks to the introduction of the Sports Series family, today comprising the 540C, 570S and 570GT. This took capacity at the Production Centre from 10 cars per day to 20 cars per day. 2016 also marked the announcement of the company’s third year of profitability in the first five years it has been producing cars – unprecedented in the automotive industry. McLaren is also on target to almost double its sales this year compared to 2015, from 1,654 cars last year to over 3,000 cars in 2016, of which over 90% will be exported. This volume increase is thanks, in large part, to the ramp up in production and success of the Sports Series models.

Like the McLaren Technology Centre, the McLaren Production Centre was designed by Foster + Partners and took 14 months to build, from breaking ground until the 18 July 2011 when the first car, a McLaren 12C, was approved for shipping. Since then, the McLaren Production Centre has been the only location where McLaren cars have been built, from the initial 12C and 12C Spider, through to the 650S and 675LT in the Super Series, as well as each of the 375 highly-bespoke McLaren P1TM cars. Today, the McLaren Production Centre employs around 750 people out of a total of approximately 1,750 employed by McLaren Automotive.

The 10,000th car will be retained by the company in its Heritage Collection.

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