The new facility will have the capacity to make up to 10,000 carbonfibre tubs each year when it comes on stream, but McLaren has stated a desire to build only around 5000 cars a year. The new, Rotherham-based facility will create 200 jobs and is set to begin construction early this year; full production is slated for 2020.
That means there is scope for the firm to ramp up production in the future, but it is possible that McLaren will make carbonfibre structures for others.
Chief executive Mike Flewitt said: “We won’t do it until we’re up and running ourselves, but it is something we’re considering as an obvious expansion.”
McLaren’s next-generation architecture will be far more adaptable than today’s, allowing for differently sized models and the possibility of alternative powertrains, all of which would help with the production of limited-run tubs for other projects.