McLaren takes on a £40m loan to help fund construction of its new MP4-12C factory

McLaren Group has secured a loan of more than £40 million to help fund construction of its new factory, where its new MP4-12C will be built.

The Independent says the loan from HSBC is the first time McLaren has taken on debt of more than £1m since 2005. McLaren Group will own the factory in Woking and then lease it back to McLaren Automotive, the road car side of the business. A total of 300 people will be employed at the factory.

See pics of the McLaren MP4-12c in action recently at Goodwood

McLaren told the newspaper that the loan would also “provide head room on its facilities to assist in the buyback of the remaining Daimler shares by the end of 2011".

Daimler is selling its shares in McLaren back to the company after the German firm decided to buy and run its own Formula One team, instead of giving McLaren full works support.

Read more on the strong interest in the McLaren MP4-12C

The Independent also said that McLaren was looking to sell 48 per cent of McLaren Automotive to private investors, with the rest of the company retained between Ron Dennis, the Bahraini Mumtalakat sovereign wealth fund and the Swiss TAG group.

Initial production of the MP4-12C will commence at McLaren’s current factory later this year, before shifting to the new site in the spring.

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4 August 2010

If the FIA hadn't wanted a slush fund, that McLaren gave them an excuse for, then McLaren wouldn't have needed this loan.

The cheating in McLaren was by a daft engineer, but Alonso knew about it. That much was clear with the statements released by the FIA in to the investigation. Unfortunately it was Mike Coughlan who was using information he'd got from Ferrari. Some of the transcripts showed Alonso talking with De la Rosa about that information.

4 August 2010

wow 40 million Pounds

you can buy 40 Buggati Veyrons with that or 400 Audi R8 V10's or 4000 VW Golf Mark 5 GTI's :D

4 August 2010

@Symanski: You are clearly obsessed with Fernando Alonso, ha ha, I guess you have a boring life~ wish you have some special incidents to enjoy your life

4 August 2010

[quote Nappeunnom]I guess you have a boring life~[/quote]

Thank you for reading my post, it makes my life so much more meaningful knowing you took time out of your busy day to do so.

4 August 2010

More importantly, when do you think they'll start recruiting for assemblers?

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