McLaren and Goodwood seek to inspire next generation of scientists, engineers and mathematicians

3 Jul 2019

McLaren and Goodwood will join forces at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed to help inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and mathematicians.

With a recognised shortage of science, technology, engineering and maths (known as “STEM”) students vital to the continued success of global racing, automotive and technology companies like McLaren, the initiative will see the brand deliver a series of talks from its engineering talent and STEM ambassadors on the first two days of the Festival.

McLaren’s STEM ambassadors will be talking to teenagers from around 18 schools from West Sussex and Hampshire at seminars run by the Goodwood Education Trust.  In addition, ambassadors will also be speaking on the McLaren Automotive stand on both the Thursday and Friday for primary school ages and upwards.

In addition, alongside the full-scale LEGO McLaren Senna car that will feature on the stand, the company will have STEM ambassadors on-hand to talk to children and their parents throughout the four-day festival about what it’s like to work at the company as an example of modern, cutting edge engineering and science.

The joint initiative with Goodwood continues McLaren’s long-standing work to promote better uptake of science subjects that lead to STEM careers which includes supporting the UK STEM Awards (which has seen previous winners secure permanent roles at McLaren), partnering with the BBC on educational science programming and working with LEGO to take STEM talks to different regions through McLaren’s retailer network.

“In STEM, McLaren has identified a means to inspire and encourage the enormous creativity and enthusiasm for technology that exists in the generation to come. You simply cannot put a value on those innate gifts, and Goodwood is proud to support an initiative that is sure to inspire them on towards fulfilling their potential.”
The Duke of Richmond.

“We’re passionate about science and engineering at McLaren and want to use that, and our amazing products, to help inspire the next generation to value science, maths, engineering and technology. Working closely with Goodwood means we have a great opportunity at the Festival to promote STEM careers and to showcase to girls, boys and parents alike what a fulfilling and exciting career they can have by studying STEM subjects at school and beyond.” 
Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive.


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About McLaren Automotive:
McLaren Automotive is a creator of luxury, high-performance sportscars and supercars.

Every vehicle is hand-assembled at the McLaren Production Centre (MPC) in Woking, Surrey, England.

Launched in 2010, the company is now the largest part of the McLaren Group.

The company has defined product families: Sports Series, Super Series, Ultimate Series and Motorsport which are retailed through over 80 retailers in more than 30 markets around the world.

McLaren is a pioneer that continuously pushes the boundaries. In 1981, it introduced lightweight and strong carbon fibre chassis into Formula 1 with the McLaren MP4/1. Then in 1993  it designed and built the McLaren F1 road car - the company has not built a car without a carbon fibre chassis since. As part of the Ultimate Series, McLaren was the first to deliver a hybrid hypercar, the McLaren P1™.

Announced at Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2018, the company’s Track25 business plan will see it invest £1.2billion in research and development to deliver 18 new cars or derivatives by the end of 2025.

In 2018, the company launched the 600LT and the first two cars of Track25, the McLaren Speedtail, the next Ultimate Series, and McLaren’s first ever Hyper-GT, and 720S Spider. It also opened a new £50m McLaren Composites Technology Centre in the Sheffield region in the North of England that will see it produce the next generation of lightweight carbon fibre ‘tubs’ that are at the heart of all McLaren cars.

2019 saw McLaren launch the 600LT Spider confirmed as the third car of Track25, with a new GT car announced and the previously-confirmed track-only Senna GTR unveiled.

To support the development, engineering and manufacture of its range of innovative sportscars and supercars, McLaren Automotive partners with world leading companies to provide specialist expertise, technology and solutions. These include Richard Mille, Pirelli, Dell Technologies, Ashurst, AkzoNobel and OnePlus.

McLaren Group:
The McLaren Group is a global leader in luxury automotive and technology and comprises three businesses: Automotive, Racing and Applied Technologies. 

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