McLaren Automotive Celebrates Building its 20,000th Car at UK Plant

By Paul Joseph

Luxury British sports car maker McLaren Automotive has celebrated the 20,000th car to be hand-assembled at its Production Centre in Surrey, southeast England.

The car that was built to reach the landmark figure was a right-hand drive 600LT Spider in Chicane Grey from the brand’s Sports Series line-up.

Launched only last summer as the next chapter in the McLaren ‘Longtail’ story, all production slots for the Coupe variant have already been filled.

This latest milestone represents a further significant achievement for the famous marque and comes eight years after the first McLaren road car left the Production Centre in July 2011.

While McLaren’s production reached just over 4,800 cars in 2018 to meet rising global demand, output will remain around 5,000 a year into the next decade before increasing to 6,000 before the end of the current Track25 business plan in order to maintain exclusivity.

“Achieving our 20,000th car built is an important milestone for McLaren Automotive,” says Mike Flewitt, CEO of McLaren Automotive.

“Last year we hand-assembled just over 4,800 cars and we plan to maintain around 5,000 cars a year for the immediate future. While demand for our products continues to grow, we aim to balance that to maintain exclusivity for our brand and our customers.

“It is fitting that we celebrate this achievement with a 600LT Spider which has been a huge success for us with all production slots for the coupe variant now sold out.”

The McLaren Production Centre was designed by Foster + Partners and opened in 2011, with the first car to emerge from the plant being the McLaren 12C.

By Paul Joseph