The story of McLaren Automotive is one of astonishing, almost miraculous success. For most car makers it takes at least a decade to turn a profit. These guys did it in just four years. The British firm is now celebrating another major milestone: the production of its 5000th supercar.
McLaren calls their supercar the “Super Series” to distinguish them from a new category they are developing called “Sports Series”. The “Super” cars include McLaren 12C, 650S and Asia-only 625C, and they are now officially the highest volume carbon fibre supercar range ever.
McLaren is showing no sings of slowing down, either. Soon the brand-new McLaren 675LT will join the Super Series range, and in a year or so they will launch the Sports Series with a Porsche 911-rivaling sports car that is cheaper than the Super Series and should logically sell in greater numbers.
The 5,000th McLaren is a Volcano Yellow 650S Coupe commissioned for a customer in Australia. It was joined by the first-ever production 12C at the McLaren Production Centre to mark the occasion with a small ceremony.
McLaren has come a long way in four short years. The completion of the 5,000th vehicle in the Super Series is a fantastic milestone for the brand. The 12C was, and still is, a groundbreaking supercar and, true to the values of McLaren, we have continued to develop and build on this great product into the 650S which has delighted our customers and won countless awards across the world,’ said Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer at McLaren Automotive.