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.