McLaren Group chairman and chief executive officer Ron Dennis has been revealed as the winner of the new Issigonis Trophy at the Autocar Stars event in London this evening.
Dennis, who recently made headlines following his return to the day-to-day running of McLaren's Formula 1 team, is the first recipient of the Issigonis Trophy, which has been created by Autocar to recognise outstanding contributions to the automotive industry.
The new accolade, named in honour of legendary car designer Sir Alec Issigonis, will be awarded annually to the person who, in the eyes of Autocar's judging panel, has made a notably significant impact during the previous 12 months.
Dennis has been integral to the success of McLaren's exploits on and off the track for more than three decades, since the racing team was merged with his own Project Four organisation.
Charged with improving the company's performance both on and off the track, Dennis has said he plans to "write an exciting new chapter" in McLaren's history, as well as undertaking a thorough review of the current business.