McLaren opens new composites factory in Sheffield

Christened the McLaren Composites Technology Centre, the new facility will bring composite manufacturing in-house

McLaren has officially inaugurated its new composites factory, due to be completed in April 2018. Christened MCTC (McLaren Composites Technology Centre), the facility in Yorkshire will make every carbon fibre monocoque structure used by McLaren Automotive once fully operational. 

The empty factory was christened in some style with a McLaren Senna performing donuts alongside a static McLaren-Honda MP4/5, the latter a chassis driven to Belgian and Monaco Grand Prix victories by the late Brazilian driver during the 1989 season.

> Click here for all the details of the new McLaren Senna

MCTC is a £50 million pound investment by McLaren to bring carbon fibre manufacture in-house. In doing so it hopes to gain greater control over the production process, enabling design changes to be incorporated easier and more quickly, and with greater learning opportunities along the way. Currently, the carbon monocage tubs for all McLarens are made by a European supplier, but bringing carbon fibre within the business takes the British-derived componentry of a McLaren from 50% to 58%.

The new factory is situated on the Advanced Manufacturing Park between Sheffield and Rotherham. Once the site of the Orgreave colliery, and now subject to an ongoing regeneration plan, around 200 new jobs will be created bringing £100 million gross value to the region over the next 10 years. McLaren is currently based at the nearby Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre of the University of Sheffield, where the first prototype tubs are under construction. Prototype work will continue there until MCTC is up to speed. In time, finished tubs will be transported down to McLaren’s Woking headquarters where construction of the cars will continue to take place. 

McLaren claim the facility is more than just a factory for carbon fibre production, but also a technical centre: the body for the forthcoming BP23 three-seat hypercar is apparently being worked on by McLaren’s emergent MCTC team.

Recommended

McLaren Elva now available with windscreen – total production run reduced to just 149 units
McLaren Elva with a windscreen
McLaren

McLaren Elva now available with windscreen – total production run reduced to just 149 units

The £1.4m McLaren Elva can now be optioned with a traditional windscreen, and production numbers have again been slashed, to just 149 units
27 May 2021
Final McLaren 620R rolls off production line, concluding Sports Series production
McLaren 620R
McLaren

Final McLaren 620R rolls off production line, concluding Sports Series production

Production of McLaren’s road-going GT4 racer has come to a close, marking the end of the Sports Series line
24 Mar 2021
First Lanzante LM 25 Editions delivered – conversion references McLaren F1 GTR-1R
Lanzante LM 25 Editions
McLaren

First Lanzante LM 25 Editions delivered – conversion references McLaren F1 GTR-1R

Seven McLarens are to receive F1 GTR-inspired touches to celebrate 25 years since its 1995 Le Mans win, and two are now complete
23 Feb 2021
New McLaren Artura revealed – all-new hybrid supercar to rival Ferrari F8 Tributo
McLaren Artura front
McLaren

New McLaren Artura revealed – all-new hybrid supercar to rival Ferrari F8 Tributo

McLaren’s next generation has arrived with a fresh powertrain, chassis and tech
17 Feb 2021

Most Popular

Triumph Lynx – Dead on arrival
Triumph Lynx
Features

Triumph Lynx – Dead on arrival

With a 3.5-litre Rover V8 under the bonnet and TR7 fastback styling, the Lynx could have been British Leyland’s answer to the Ford Capri
18 Jun 2021
New 992 Porsche 911 GT3 Touring revealed – now available in manual and PDK
Porsche 911 GT3 Touring – rear profile
Porsche 911 GT3

New 992 Porsche 911 GT3 Touring revealed – now available in manual and PDK

The Touring pack has returned, combining the 992 GT3’s set-up with more understated looks
15 Jun 2021
Used car deals of the week
Used car deals
used cars

Used car deals of the week

Here's what caught evo’s fancy this week on the second hand car market
17 Jun 2021
The reluctant LaFerrari driver – evo archive
evo archive – LaFerrari truck extraction – stop!
Ferrari

The reluctant LaFerrari driver – evo archive

How do you get a £1million hypercar out of the back of a delivery truck? Very, very, slowly…
15 Jun 2021
Next generation BMW 7-series spied – flagship saloon to once again set the tone for future models
Next generation BMW 7-series spied – front quarter
BMW 7 Series

Next generation BMW 7-series spied – flagship saloon to once again set the tone for future models

All-new saloon to feature IC and EV powertrains, but once again it’ll also lead the way aesthetically
16 Jun 2021
MAT Stratos 2021 review – Lancia’s iconic Stratos reborn
MAT Stratos – front tracking
Lancia

MAT Stratos 2021 review – Lancia’s iconic Stratos reborn

It’s been a long time coming, but this Ferrari F430-based reimagining of the Lancia Stratos is finally here
11 Jun 2021
BMW M5 CS 2021 review – a class act that reaffirms the M division’s brilliance
BMW M5 CS – front cornering
BMW M5 saloon

BMW M5 CS 2021 review – a class act that reaffirms the M division’s brilliance

Nonsensical on paper, but sublime in practice. Never has a modern supersaloon been more tactile or more engaging
14 Jun 2021
Hyundai i20 N revealed – Ford Fiesta ST rival priced from £24,995
Hyundai i20 N car pictures
Hyundai i20 hatchback

Hyundai i20 N revealed – Ford Fiesta ST rival priced from £24,995

N division's second model set to shake up the junior hot hatch establishment
17 Jun 2021
Ford Mustang Steve McQueen Bullitt Edition 2021 review – a 720bhp tribute act
Ford Mustang Steve McQueen Bullitt Edition – slide
Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang Steve McQueen Bullitt Edition 2021 review – a 720bhp tribute act

Immense performance from about the coolest modern muscle car out there. It’s expensive, but there’s nothing else quite like it
12 Jun 2021
Ferrari F8 Tributo replacement to be revealed June 24
Ferrari F171 spy 2021 – header
Ferrari

Ferrari F8 Tributo replacement to be revealed June 24

Ferrari’s going hybrid and V6 for its next mid-engined supercar
16 Jun 2021
2021 Audi RS3 Sportback and saloon previewed – will it finally match Mercedes-AMG A45 S?
Audi RS3 manufacturer spy 1
Audi RS3

2021 Audi RS3 Sportback and saloon previewed – will it finally match Mercedes-AMG A45 S?

Audi Sport is putting the final touches on its new RS3 hot hatch and saloon
10 Jun 2021
2022 Polestar 3 teased – all-new Audi e-tron rival a stepchange model
Polestar 3
Polestar

2022 Polestar 3 teased – all-new Audi e-tron rival a stepchange model

Yes, it’s another electric SUV, but this one will be the first ‘true’ Polestar
17 Jun 2021
GTO Engineering Squalo interior sketches revealed – new-build Ferrari 250 GTO hommage draws closer
GTO Engineering interior
Ferrari

GTO Engineering Squalo interior sketches revealed – new-build Ferrari 250 GTO hommage draws closer

New details, including the interior, have been revealed about the GTO Engineering Squalo
15 Jun 2021