By Wayne Gorrett
McLaren Automotive last week celebrated the manufacture of its 10,000th car from the McLaren production centre in Woking.
The 10,000th car, a McLaren 570S finished in ‘ceramic grey’ paintwork, 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 CEO 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.”
Earlier this year, a second production shift was introduced to cater for the increased volume thanks to the introduction of the Sports Series, which comprises the 540C, 570S and 570GT. Production capacity was doubled to 20 cars a day, and as a result, McLaren is on target to boost its sales this year to over 3,000 cars (1,654 in 2015). More than 90% of UK production is exported to global markets.
Little surprise then, that the 10,000th car will be retained by the company in its Heritage Collection.