McLaren teams up with BBC Blue Peter to launch 'Supercar of the Future' competition for children

21 May 2020

  • One lucky winner will get their design produced as a clay model by McLaren’s top design team
  • Design Director Rob Melville and McLaren materials scientist Ella Podmore star in competition launch film
  • Competition created to demonstrate use of science, engineering and design skills in an exciting real-world environment and encourage positive career conversations as part of McLaren’s long-standing support for STEM subjects

Supercar maker McLaren Automotive has teamed up with the BBC Blue Peter children’s programme to launch a unique competition asking young viewers to design their ‘Supercar of the Future’.

The winner will have the opportunity to meet with McLaren’s leading designers and engineers* and see their winning design brought to life as a 3D scale model to be unveiled on Blue Peter. They will also win an incredible ride in a McLaren supercar with celebrity driver The Stig.

The prize includes a VIP tour of the world-famous McLaren Technology Centre and McLaren Production Centre to see how real supercars are designed and made. The winner will also be awarded the coveted orange Blue Peter competition badge.

In this Thursday’s Blue Peter (5.30pm BST, Thursday 21 May, CBBC and BBC iPlayer, UK only), presenter Richie Driss goes behind the scenes at McLaren to find out how you get started in supercar design.

Richie meets** Rob Melville, McLaren Automotive’s Design Director, who explains why a supercar should look fantastic, have sensational performance and push the boundaries of what already exists.

Also in the film is Ella Podmore, McLaren Automotive’s materials engineer, who talks about the importance of choosing the right materials to help make a car lighter and faster.

Lighter vehicles are able to deliver better performance and be more energy efficient which is why entrants to the competition are asked to consider how their car is powered, its impact on the environment and to describe what materials it is made from. They are also asked to choose one outstanding feature of their design and explain why they are proud of it.

Look out for Ella on McLaren Automotive’s social media channels talking about the competition and her work.

“Working with CBBC’s Blue Peter on this competition to get kids to design their supercar of the future is an exciting and fun way to get them to apply all of their design, science and technical creativity.

“It’s also a great way to showcase how they can use those skills in the real-world, having to follow the same thought processes and tackle the same challenges as our designers and engineers like Rob and Ella do every day at McLaren. I’m looking forward to seeing what the Blue Peter audience come up with and what amazing idea wins our top prize.”
Mandeep Dhatt, Executive Director of HR, McLaren Automotive

“This is such an exciting Blue Peter competition with an amazing prize to see behind closed doors at McLaren.

“The judges are going to be looking for designs that are full of imagination, with a great story and we want to see that they have given some thought to the science behind the design too. I can’t wait to see what the amazing, creative Blue Peter kids come up with!”
Ellen Evans, Editor, Blue Peter

More information on the competition and full terms and conditions can be found on the Blue Peter website. The competition closes on Wednesday June 10.


Notes to editors:

* Once Covid-19 restrictions are lifted by the UK government.

** Filmed before Covid-19 lockdown measures were introduced.

The competition is open to children living in the UK between the ages of 6 and 15 years old.

A selection of high resolution images accompanying this release is available to download from the McLaren Automotive media site –

About McLaren Automotive:
McLaren Automotive is a creator of luxury, high-performance 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’s product portfolio of GT, Supercar, Motorsport and Ultimate models are retailed through over 85 retailers in more than 32 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 its 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 as well as the new GT, the track-only Senna GTR and unveiled the 620R and the McLaren Elva.

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 AkzoNobel, Ashurst, Dell Technologies, OnePlus, Pirelli, Richard Mille, and Tumi.

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

About BBC Blue Peter:
Blue Peter is the longest running children’s TV programme in the world.

With more than 60 years’ experience of making exciting, informative, entertaining and award-winning content for the CBBC audience, Blue Peter is the home of makes, challenges, competitions and campaigns with Lindsey, Richie, Mwaksy and Henry the dog.

Recent competitions include creating a Lego world and designing a statue for HRH, The Duchess of Cambridge’s Back to Nature play garden at RHS Wisely.

Viewers can earn seven Blue Peter badges including a new Music Badge designed By Ed Sheeran launched in 2019.

Further information:

Piers Scott
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