Despite McLaren’s longstanding involvement in motorsports, the company only started producing road-going vehicles in 2011. Yes, as unbelievable as it may sound, McLaren Automotive was only established in 2010 and subsequently produced their first road going supercar the MP4-12C in 2011.
In the short span of five years, the British carmaker has unveiled to the world one hypercar, three supercars and three sports cars – the P1, 675LT, 650S, MP4-12C, 570S, 570GT and 540C. That is a staggering six new models excluding the spider versions! Yesterday, the company celebrated a significant milestone of their 10,000th car, a Ceramic Grey 570S leaving the floors of McLaren Production Centre (MPC).
Just how did McLaren Automotive achieve this unprecedented feat? Earlier this year, the company was already in their third year of profitability thanks to growing demand for the brand as sales figures went up two folds. They sold over 3,000 units this year, up from 1,654 units in 2015. As such, a second production shift was introduced at the MPC, doubling production capacity to 20 cars a day.
According to Mike Flewitt, CEO of McLaren Automotive, the brand took 42 months to build its first 5,000 cars and took only 22 months to build the next 5,000, therefore the company will be displaying the 10,000th car at their Heritage Collection to commemorate this momentous occasion.
Coming from the brand that produced the greatest supercar in history, it’s no surprise that they are delivering staggering results!