McLaren celebrates its Kiwi roots & welcomes latest Bruce McLaren engineering interns

18 dez 2019

Two young engineers from New Zealand have arrived in England to begin an internship established in honour of McLaren’s Kiwi founder, Bruce McLaren.

University of Auckland students Elizabeth Grant and Harvey Merton are both following in the footsteps of Bruce McLaren who arrived in England in 1958 on a scholarship before going on to establish his racing team five years later.

Bruce’s vision was always to build supercars. McLaren Automotive was established just under a decade ago to fulfil that vision and which is where Elizabeth and Harvey, who both have a passion for high performance engineering and cars, will spend the next two months.

The company has produced some of the world’s most iconic supercars, most recently unveiling the Elva roadster which celebrates the renowned Bruce McLaren-designed M1A and McLaren-Elvas of the 1960s.

Produced as ‘customer’ versions of the innovative and exciting Group 7 McLaren race cars, the McLaren-Elva sportscars embodied many of the pioneering design and engineering principles that are still integral to the McLaren road cars the company hand-builds today.

Both Harvey and Elizabeth will be based at the iconic McLaren Technology and Production Centres in Woking, Surrey, England where they will have stints with designers, development engineers, the powertrain team as well as areas such as aftersales to gain a rounded understanding of the 2,700 strong team. 

Nearly 60 years ago, Bruce McLaren travelled to England on a similar ‘Driver to Europe’ scholarship to pursue his motorsport aspirations.

Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Bruce studied in Auckland and was an accomplished engineer and innovator as well as a successful racing driver.

 “It’s wonderful to welcome Elizabeth and Harvey to McLaren as the latest bright young engineers to benefit from the international internship named in honour of my father and to know his legacy lives on today both in the cars and the ethos of the company.

“My father would be very proud of what McLaren has become today and I’m sure he would be equally proud of the internship which celebrates the strong links between Britain and New Zealand that he epitomised. 

“I’m grateful to both McLaren Automotive and the University of Auckland for their continued support for nurturing young engineering talent and can’t wait to hear what Elizabeth and Harvey make of it all.”
Amanda McLaren, Brand Ambassador for McLaren Automotive.

“This is an outstanding opportunity for our students and it will be exciting for them to be involved with such an iconic brand at the cutting edge of engineering technology. Following in the footsteps of Bruce McLaren is a unique experience. 

“We are also very grateful to the funders of this scholarship, alumni Neil Paton, Eric Tracey, Rob Whitehouse, and Sir Colin Giltrap, for recognising the incredible benefit of placing young students in the McLaren environment. It will no doubt fuel their passion for automotive engineering and will set them on the road to an exciting career.”
Professor Nic Smith, Dean, Faculty of Engineering, University of Auckland.

“I visited McLaren in the UK before taking up the role of High Commissioner to New Zealand.  The story of Bruce McLaren and his enduring relationship with the UK is an inspiring one and I’m so pleased that McLaren Automotive and Auckland University are supporting Kiwi engineering talent in the UK. 

“Collaboration and opportunity underpin the UK and New Zealand’s close relationship, and scholarships such as this are key to bringing bright minds into engineering and continuing our long-standing tradition of skill sharing. Many congratulations to Elizabeth and Harvey.”
Laura Clarke, British High Commissioner to New Zealand.



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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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