McLaren Automotive is celebrating a big milestone. It’s 20,000th car was recently hand-assembled at its McLaren Production Centre in Woking, Surrey. The milestone comes eight years after the first McLaren road car left the Production Centre in July 2011.
The 20,000th car built was a right-hand drive 600LT Spider in Chicane Grey (shown above) from the brand’s Sports Series line-up. Launched only last summer as the next chapter in the McLaren ‘Longtail’ story, all production slots for the Coupe variant are spoken for.
“Achieving our 20,000th car built is an important milestone for McLaren Automotive. Last year we hand-assembled just over 4,800 cars and we plan to maintain around 5,000 cars a year for the immediate future. While demand for our products continues to grow, we aim to balance that to maintain exclusivity for our brand and our customers. It is fitting that we celebrate this achievement with a 600LT Spider which has been a huge success for us with all production slots for the coupe variant now sold out,” said Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer for McLaren Automotive.
McLaren Automotive now employs over 2,300 people and, helped by a diverse product portfolio and more customers using the brand’s bespoke division McLaren Special Operations, contributed a significant proportion of McLaren Group’s overall revenue in 2018.
McLaren added a second production shift in 2016 to meet rising global demand. Production has doubled from around 10 cars to over 20 a day. Over 90 per cent of vehicles are exported to more than 32 markets around the world.
“It’s a testament to the hard work, dedication and commitment from our McLaren Production Centre employees that we’re now able to produce 20 cars a day across many different vehicle types and variants,” said Dr. Jens Ludmann, Chief Operating Officer, McLaren Automotive.