Up to this point through the development program, the Sports Series has covered in excess of 500,000 testing kilometers. These have been on a mixture of race circuits and roads, in some of the harshest conditions around the world including the extreme heat of the Arizona and Nevada summer, the Arctic conditions common of northern Sweden in the winter and, of course, the changeable British weather.
The McLaren Production Center (MPC) has now been set up in preparation for the start of production, with all tooling in place for the new supercar. The latest phase of the Sports Series program will ensure the smooth transition of production methods already in place for the Super Series and Ultimate Series variants with minimal disruption.
Andreas Bareis, Executive Director at Quality at McLaren Automotive, explained, ‘The pre-production phase is one of the most important, and also one of the most demanding, in a product readiness phase at McLaren. Up to this point, vehicles have been running in various locations around the world and subjected to some of the harshest conditions, and we are testing every component and system to the extreme. This final phase brings all testing together for the first time in a package that is representative of the cars our owners will be taking delivery of.”
Deliveries of the Sports Series, starting with the 570S Coupé, will commence before the end of the year. When the full range has been launched, forecast to be by the end of 2017, the range is expected to more than double the annual volume of McLaren, and bring the brand in front of a new audience. Prices for the McLaren Sports Series start from 126,000 pounds.
McLaren, into its third year of vehicle production, has been expanding at a positive rate. The Woking-based company has posted profit in 2013 and in 2014, McLaren garnered a record number of vehicles delivered around the globe, which amounted to 1,649 units.