In addition, McLaren Automotive managing director Antony Sheriff says the manufacturer's F1 background has pushed it to take more risks than a conventional car company.
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"Our entire approach to the way we do things is to take qualified risks and push what is possible," said Sheriff. "While many competitors move towards the ‘edge’ of what is possible, we go to the ‘edge of the edge’.
"Only by pushing the extremes of what is possible can we produce a car and ownership experience that has a shot at challenging to be the best. If took the easy road, we would not produce something that was worthy of bearing the McLaren name."
To this end McLaren Automotive has recruited several personnel from the F1 team, and used its cutting-edge F1 simulator to help develop the road car.
Personnel who have transferred include Dick Glover, McLaren Automotive’s technical director.
"With the technologies available to all car companies today, it’s not, in principle, difficult to build a relatively fast, exciting and dramatic sports car, but that’s not our ambition," said Glover. "We want to deliver the best possible high-performance sports car from day one into a mature global market of very good cars.
"Having come from the McLaren Group’s Formula One operation, I know first-hand the benefits of integration in areas such as aerodynamics, simulation or packaging.
"The culture and attitudes from Formula One, the state-of-the-art development programmes, processes and hardware, and the access to the best drivers in the world give us a serious advantage in developing this car."
Other F1 personnel now working on the road car programme include Simon Lacey, previously head of aerodynamics in McLaren Racing, Marcus Waite, previously senior test engineer at McLaren Racing, Richard Hopkirk, previously one of Lewis Hamilton’s race tacticians, Paul Burnham, previously the racing team’s dynamics engineer for tyres, and Richard Felton, previously responsible for vehicle instrumentation, harnessing and electronics in the racing team.
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