The McLaren Group is one of the best Technologies Centre’s in the world, and Thrives in working in a clean environment.
We have visited the Centre in Woking which we were invited by an artist who had the opportunity in displaying her work with photos from the McLaren history and Martin Whitmarsh was there at the centre for the evening event.
Soon as you turn right from the main round about, you see the very large and attractive sign McLaren all in white and stands out nice on the bank.
The building is accompanied by a series of artificial lakes: one formal lake directly opposite that completes the circle of the building, and a further four ‘ecology’ lakes. Together they contain about 50,000 m³ of water. This water is pumped through a series of heat exchangers to cool the building and to dissipate the heat produced by the wind tunnels. The main working space of the building is split into 18 metre wide sections known as ‘fingers’ that are separated by six metre wide corridors known as ‘streets’. Facilities for employees include a 700 seat restaurant, a juice and coffee bar, a swimming pool and a fitness centre. An underground Visitor and Learning Centre is connected to the main building by a walkway.
A 145 metre long, rectangular-circuit shaped wind tunnel is located at one end of the building. Team McLaren uses it for testing development aerodynamic parts, as well as testing aerodynamic set-ups. The tunnel contains 400 tonnes of steel and the air is propelled by a four metre wide fan that rotates at up to 600 rpm.
The Technology Centre is intended to consolidate all aspects of the McLaren Group at one site, instead of the 18 separate sites they were at before. Ron Dennis, chairman, CEO and part owner of the Group, is confident that the Technology Centre will attract the very best designers and engineers.
McLaren strives to have a positive effect upon the environment where possible, reduce our negative impact when required and develop new sustainable technologies.
McLaren Group is globally renowned as one of the world’s most illustrious high-technology brands. Since its foundation in 1963, McLaren has been pioneering and innovating in the competitive world of Formula 1, forging a formidable reputation which has seen the racing team win 20 World Championships and over 180 races.
The Group has built on its successful racing expertise and diversified to include a global, high-performance sports car business, McLaren Automotive, and a game-changing technology consultancy, McLaren Applied Technologies.
Despite the broadening of the group’s business interests, McLaren’s goal remains singular: we exist to win in everything we do.
McLaren Group exists to win, and it is this philosophy that has driven the company to its current position as one of the world’s most illustrious high-technology brands. After our first taste of victory at the 1966 Monaco Grand Prix, McLaren has gone on to secure another 180 grand prix wins and 20 World Championships. Over the 50 years that we’ve been competing in Formula 1, no other team has scored more victories than us.
Surviving, and succeeding, at the pinnacle of motorsport for this amount of time has required total dedication, and has instilled in the company a set of values that have become engrained in our way of doing things.
In Formula 1, if you’re not innovating you’re going backwards. McLaren Racing produces an upgrade to the McLaren Mercedes MP4-29 every 17 minutes and this relentless pace of innovation informs the wider Group. From the development of the most technologically advanced supercar in the world, the McLaren P1, to the ground-breaking design of the McLaren S-Works + McLaren Venge road bike, McLaren is constantly thinking of ways to improve performance.
We operate in the most demanding racing series in the world, where a fraction of a second can make the difference between winning and losing; between glory and failure. We strive to do things better and lead by example right across the Group, understanding that even the smallest, most seemingly insignificant details matter.
Before we embark on any activity, we must know why we are doing it and then be able to measure its impact and evaluate its success. If we can’t measure something, we don’t know if we have improved. Data equals knowledge, and with knowledge, we can win.
Our singular focus is success, and we never lose sight of that. The home of the McLaren Group is a perfect example of this commitment, built on a no-compromise philosophy of scrupulous cleanliness and microscopic attention to detail. The result is a building that promotes efficiency and inspiration; a place that breeds motivation and dedication.