RE: McLaren unveils first Sheffield-built MonoCell

RE: McLaren unveils first Sheffield-built MonoCell

Friday 22nd March

McLaren unveils first Sheffield-built MonoCell

Surrey's supercar will soon have a carbon fibre tub from South Yorkshire. Perfick



Ey up! The first MonoCell tub to be produced in McLaren’s Sheffield Composites Technology Centre has been delivered to the brand’s Woking HQ. Tub PLT-MCTC – 01 (for Prototype Lightweight Tub, McLaren Composites Technology Centre - 01) will now undergo crash testing before McLaren moves the focus at its Yorkshire site to cutting weight and boosting chassis rigidity.

In fact, the MCTC is to lead the company’s charge into cutting weight from its forthcoming models, which are due as part of its Track25 business plan and will see every car receive an electrified powerplant. McLaren wants to be the producer of the industry’s lightest structures in order to counteract the additional weight batteries and electric motors bring – and has passed responsibility to its growing team of specialists in God’s Own Country.


Since opening in 2018, the £50 million MCTC has expanded to employ 60 people, but that number will rise to over 200 when production reaches full pace in 2020. The site will be responsible for building the brand’s future tubs, which will be transported 175 miles south to Woking where they’ll be built up into full cars. While McLaren has its eye on a full EV model, the more immediate future will see each car equipped with its turbocharged V8 motor, which is assembled by engineering partner Ricardo.

“We never innovate for the sake of it; we innovate to continually fulfil our promise to create iconic sports cars,” said Wes Jacklin, plant director at the MCTC. “It’s increasingly clear that with future heavier powertrain requirements, exploiting innovative lightweighting techniques and technologies is going to be a significant key to unlocking all the handling and agility characteristics that our customers demand.”


McLaren’s forthcoming Speedtail is the halo product of this new era, a car which, following its arrival on roads next year, will be joined by another new, unnamed Grand Tourer. Beyond that, an all-electric P1 successor is also due, although McLaren is understood to be waiting for a battery breakthrough in order to offer the performance and range it so desires. Whatever the future of powertrain tech holds, however, it’ll be tubs from Sheffield that’ll form the basis for the cars that it powers.

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BogBeast

Original Poster:

933 posts

203 months

Friday 22nd March
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Am I right in thinking that these tubs used to be made in Europe?

Krikkit

14,783 posts

121 months

Friday 22nd March
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BogBeast said:
Am I right in thinking that these tubs used to be made in Europe?
Carbo Tech in Austria.

GreatGranny

6,902 posts

166 months

Friday 22nd March
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Pass this place every day on the way to work.

Great to see local investment.

BogBeast

Original Poster:

933 posts

203 months

Friday 22nd March
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Krikkit said:
BogBeast said:
Am I right in thinking that these tubs used to be made in Europe?
Carbo Tech in Austria.
GreatGranny said:
Pass this place every day on the way to work.

Great to see local investment.
Yup, that is good news. Great to see McLaren investing in the UK.

markh450

74 posts

151 months

Friday 22nd March
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It's not in Sheffield, it's in Rotherham.
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AndySheff

5,804 posts

147 months

Friday 22nd March
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markh450 said:
It's not in Sheffield, it's in Rotherham.
Tintitsin Sheffyuld. wink

ggdrew

68 posts

64 months

Friday 22nd March
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... can someone photoshop flat 'ats on em all, save for't two Surrey boys in't middle front row? ... and p'raps a couple of ferrets sat on't floor looking reight proud, like.

TomNotrevo

6 posts

51 months

Friday 22nd March
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Eh bah gum meks me reet proud t' be from Gods own country

Schermerhorn

3,548 posts

129 months

Friday 22nd March
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You guys seem to have mixed up the Sheffield accent with some yokel farmer accent somewhere in Yorkshire.

JeremyH5

353 posts

75 months

Friday 22nd March
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AndySheff said:
markh450 said:
It's not in Sheffield, it's in Rotherham.
Tintitsin Sheffyuld. wink
Here you are

ghost83

2,841 posts

130 months

Friday 22nd March
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ggdrew said:
... can someone photoshop flat 'ats on em all, save for't two Surrey boys in't middle front row? ... and p'raps a couple of ferrets sat on't floor looking reight proud, like.
That ain’t Sheffield!

You’re thinking of West Yorkshire

ggdrew

68 posts

64 months

Friday 22nd March
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Schermerhorn said:
You guys seem to have mixed up the Sheffield accent with some yokel farmer accent somewhere in Yorkshire.
he's a reight lad (bit of a character), use to live up at beechif near't hoyle in't roo-ad... am i getting warmer?

lyndhurst25

25 posts

206 months

Friday 22nd March
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'nayo, 's in Roth'.

GranCab

1,417 posts

86 months

Friday 22nd March
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Rubbish ..... the B & Q on 't Queens Road 'as bin floggin 'em fer years ... smile




AndySheff

5,804 posts

147 months

Friday 22nd March
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JeremyH5 said:
Here you are
Catcliffe, Rovrum. S60. Sheffield postcode wink

FeelingLucky

782 posts

104 months

Saturday 23rd March
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lyndhurst25 said:
'nayo, 's in Roth'.
From McLaren's own website, recruitment section.


They seem to think it's in Sheffield, perhaps they're wrong too?

corozin

2,653 posts

211 months

Saturday 23rd March
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So I guess in future we'll have to pronounce Carbon Fibre as "Kaarban faabre" smile

ecsrobin

9,637 posts

105 months

Saturday 23rd March
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FeelingLucky said:
lyndhurst25 said:
'nayo, 's in Roth'.
From McLaren's own website, recruitment section.


They seem to think it's in Sheffield, perhaps they're wrong too?
They are.




A1VDY

395 posts

67 months

Saturday 23rd March
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Who really cares where its made ffs....

Slippydiff

10,258 posts

163 months

Saturday 23rd March
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A1VDY said:
Who really cares where its made ffs....
Well clearly not you !! hehe