Mike Flewitt, McLaren Automotive’s chief executive, said: “2015 was a year of rapid expansion. When the company was set up in 2010, we set ourselves an ambition to launch one new car every year. In 2015, we launched five.
“This accelerated development has led to yet another record year, with unprecedented levels of demand for all of our cars, especially the new Sports Series, for which we are currently holding more than six months worth of orders.
“This goes to show that the team at the McLaren Technology Centre and around the world, together with our retail partners, are creating and building the world’s most desirable sports and supercars.”
Jolyon Nash, sales and marketing executive director, added: “Last year we invested 30 percent of our revenues, which equates to £120m. We can only do that if we are a profitable company, and we expect 2015 to be a profitable year for us when we announce our results later this year. It is a vicious circle as the only way to be profitable is to invest in new product, and the only way to create new products is to be profitable.
“We expect to see significant growth in 2016 and 2017, with the cars in our product range, the ones in the pipeline and this new production shift and recruitment drive will help.”
The second shift is scheduled to start in February 2016. The new roles will be created in the Production (200 jobs), Quality (30) and Logistics (20) departments as the company invests for its future, as the automotive division takes its workforce total to 1750. The recruitments will add approximately 40 percent to the existing headcount at the production facility and will take production rates from the previous 14 cars per day up to 20 cars per day by mid-2016.
The target is to build 4000 cars a year by the end of 2017, with 3000 set for 2016. Nash added that the facility has the capability to build 5000 new cars a year, which has left the door open to more limited run McLarens based on customer requests, as was the case with the P1 GTR and the 675LT Spider.
Alan Foster, executive director of operations, added that recruitment had already begun, with the aim of getting the new recruits up to speed by March, with McLaren introducing the 200 production workers in tranches of 33 to learn the craft on the production line.
“The need to add a second shift in the McLaren Production Centre is another great example of the progress that McLaren Automotive has made in its short history,” added Flewitt.
“I look forward to receiving the 250 new production team members into the company shortly. All of these developments in 2015 give me a very positive sense of confidence that our product range and long-term business plans are heading in exactly the right direction.”