EYE-CATCHING DESIGN: The McLaren 650S, one of the brands in the Super Series. Image: McLaren.
LONDON, England - The McLaren Super Series, comprising McLaren 12C, 650S and Asia-only 625C, has become the highest-volume carbon-fibre supercar range yet with 5000 assembled since production started in early 2011.
The latest addition to the super series, the McLaren 675LT, will be on show at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show which will open on March 3 2015.
McLaren Automotive celebrated the build of the 5000th model based on the ground-breaking carbon-fibre MonoCell chassis, which forms the recently announced McLaren series, in only the fourth full year of vehicle production.
Launched initially with the 12C in 2011, and followed by the 12C Spider and then the 650S and Asia-only 625C, the series is now the highest volume carbon-fibre supercar range yet. This milestone comes, the automaker says, soon after McLaren announced a third consecutive growth in sales with more than 1400 Super Series units delivered through 2014.
The 5000th car, a Volcano Yellow 650S Coupé commissioned for a customer in Australia, drove off the assembly line in the McLaren production centre on February 2 2015. It was joined at the end of the production line by the first production 12C, which has now become part of the McLaren Heritage Collection.
Production of the 12C began at the start of 2011, with these early models assembled by approximately 30 employees in a designated facility within the McLaren technology centre. Deliveries commenced globally in June before the McLaren production centre opened in November, becoming the birthplace of all McLaren road cars.
The assembly line was updated in March 2014 to accommodate the production requirements for the new McLaren 650S in response to strong customer demand.
SPORTS SERIES TO COME
McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt said: "‘McLaren has come a long way in four years. The completion of the 5000th vehicle in the Super Series is a fantastic milestone. The 12C was, and still is, a ground-breaking supercar and, true to the values of McLaren, we have continued to develop and build on this great product into the 650S which has delighted our customers and won countless awards around the world.
‘We've built a solid foundation for the business by delivering record numbers year-on-year and I look forward to our next production milestone with the addition of the 675LT to the Super Series and the new Sports Series later in 2015."