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Driving the McLaren 650S Spider

27 October 2016

The 650S Spider isn’t the fastest car that McLaren Automotive has made during its five years of existence; that title belongs to the limited build P1. Yet it is quicker than the ballistically rapid BMW V12-powered F1.


COMMENT: McLaren comes of age

30 July 2015

Now in its fifth year, McLaren's road car company is a success in its own right. Just as well, given the performance of the Formula 1 team...


RESEARCH SNAPSHOT: Review of windscreen wipers

4 June 2015

Continuing just-auto's new series of ‘research snapshots' - pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE - Matthew Beecham reviews some novel and obscure wiper blade innovations including one technology that could eliminate the wiper altogether.


Management briefing: Geneva reflections (2)

25 March 2014

In the second part of this month's briefing, just-auto's future products editor, Glenn Brooks, completes his reflections on the significant trends and vehicle world premieres at the 2014 Geneva Salon de l'Automobile.

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Q&A with rFactor Pro: Simulator technology

2 January 2014

UK-based rFactor Pro focuses on simulators for engineering development of vehicle dynamics and the control systems and active safety systems that affect vehicle dynamics. The company is moving into the automotive sector and has developed new ultra fast response software which allows automakers to simulate vehicle dynamics in a way that has not been possible before. Normally, simulation is restricted to tasks such as driver fatigue and cabin ergonomic development. rFactor Pro's technology allows automakers to accurately simulate active safety systems (such as SUV rollover), NVH, ride and handling. To find out a little more, Matthew Beecham talked with rFactor Pro's technical director, Chris Hoyle.


Q&A with Prodrive's Brand&: Brand potential

23 October 2013

Prodrive's Brand& helps develop some of the potential in a vehicle manufacturer’s brand and distribution by creating carefully-positioned non-automotive ranges (mainly clothing and lifestyle accessories) and the retailing support that make them successful. To find out more, Matthew Beecham talked with Carl Ball, managing director of Brand& about its expertise and how social media is changing the ways in which dealers and OEMs should engage with their customers and potential customers, making cross-channel communications more cost-effective as long as it is cunningly implemented.


Audi interview: Wolfgang Durheimer

4 December 2012

Less than 100 days into his new job, Wolfgang Durheimer strides purposefully into the meeting room, carrying a bulging briefcase, his face wreathed in a smile, greeting each of us with a firm handshake and friendly “hello”.


Future transmission trends

22 June 2011

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with leading transmission makers, Matthew Beecham talked with Paolo Mantelli, head of automotive transmissions, Oerlikon Graziano. Oerlikon Graziano specialises in the design, integration and precision manufacture of transmissions for high-performance road cars. The company is also a global supplier of transmissions, axles and driveline components for other sectors including electric, off-highway and industrial vehicles. It has facilities dotted across the US, UK, China, India, Italy and Russia.

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World premieres at the 2017 Goodwood FoS

3 July 2017

The 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed took place between 29 June and 2 July inclusive. The list of vehicle world premieres is published below.


2017 Geneva motor show - world debuts list

8 March 2017

All the world premieres from the 2017 Geneva motor show are listed below. The most important models this year were the Range Rover Velar, Kia Picanto, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, Opel Crossland X & Insignia, Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo, SEAT Ibiza, Subaru XV, Volkswagen Arteon and Volvo XC60.


McLaren brings carbon fibre production in-house

10 February 2017

McLaren Automotive has announced the first details of its new Composites Technology Centre close to the campus of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) at the University of Sheffield, and built with support from Sheffield City Council.


New McLaren chief credits predecessor

29 November 2016

New McLaren executive director Zak Brown reportedly has credited the sportscar maker Formula One team's ousted veteran head Ron Dennis for his recent appointment.


McLaren launches EV

27 September 2016

McLaren Automotive, whose stated aim is the development of a pure electric vehicle for its Ultimate series, has jumped the gun but, as they say, terms and conditions apply.


McLaren denies Apple takeover, investment

22 September 2016

McLaren has denied earlier reports by the Financial Times and others Apple has approached it over a potential takeover or strategic investment. 


Apple reportedly talking with McLaren

21 September 2016

Apple is reportedly in talks with McLaren, the British luxury car manufacturer, over an acquisition or strategic investment that would be the clearest indication yet of its plans to shake up the motor industry, UK media reports said.


McLaren Automotive posts second year of profit

26 June 2015

McLaren Automotive has posted a second consecutive year of profitability four years after opening its first retailer.


China exports increase seven-fold

19 February 2015

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said UK exports of cars to China increased five-fold in 2014 compared with 2009, driven by premium brands.


Melville steps up to chief design role at McLaren

7 January 2015

Robert Melville has been promoted to the role of chief designer at McLaren Automotive bringing with him more than a decade of experience covering a wide range of projects for leading brands in the luxury segment.


2014 PEBBLE BEACH CONCOURS: World premieres

18 August 2014

The 63rd Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance took place on the lawns of the famous Californian golf club between 15 and 17 August, 2014. The following vehicles and concepts were world premieres.


GENEVA: US to be main market for McLaren 650S

4 March 2014

McLaren Automotive pulled the covers off the 650S at a special event on the eve of the show.


Renault’s e-racer cruises the the Las Vegas strip

8 January 2014

The Spark-Renault SRT-01E electric single seater race car made its first dynamic public appearance in Las Vegas in front of technology fans at the Consumer Electronics Show.


UK automakers to address future 100,000 person gap

23 September 2013

UK-based automotive manufacturers will hold events to help increase students' awareness of the variety of career opportunities the industry offers next month in a bid to plug a 100,000 person future skills gap.


AMG chief to head Mercedes sales and marketing

3 September 2013

Joachim Schmidt's replacement as sales and marketing chief of Mercedes-Benz Cars is current AMG head and former Tuscaloosa plant boss Ola Kaellenius.


Final list of Goodwood Festival global debuts

15 July 2013

The 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed was held between 11-14 July inclusive, with many vehicles making their global debuts.


Honda confirms F1 return

16 May 2013

Honda will be returning to Formula One in 2015, confirming rumours which have been circulating since the Geneva show in March.


Final list of Geneva show world debuts

6 March 2013

Details of concepts and new models which made their global debuts at the Geneva motor show on media preview days 5 and 6 March.


Cosworth ‘up for sale’

17 October 2012

Cosworth, the higher performance racing engine maker, is up for sale, The Times newspaper reported.


Final list of Paris show world premieres

1 October 2012

An updated list of world premiere concepts and production models which appeared at the Paris motor show's 27 & 28 September press preview days.


PARIS SHOW WRAP: The new face of motor shows?

28 September 2012

Is Paris 2012 the new face of motor shows, you wonder?


Multiple additions to Pebble Beach Concours list

20 August 2012

The 61st Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance took place on the lawns of the famous Californian golf club on 19 August. The global debuts of many cars took place there as well as at other events elsewhere on the Monterey Peninsula.


Faurecia acquires automotive business of Sora Comp

20 July 2012

Faurecia has purchased the automotive business of Sora Composites. The division specialises in the manufacture of composite plastics and the use of glass and carbon fibre for automotive applications.


Final list of global debuts at Goodwood FoS

2 July 2012

The list of world premieres for the Goodwood Festival of Speed follows. The event ran from 28 June to 1 July inclusive.


just-auto Plus only GERMANY: Fisker Automotive provides European business update

25 June 2012

Fisker Automotive's international expansion continues with a growing dealer network and customer delivery of their cars across Europe. It was recently announced that long-established dealer group Guarnieri will exclusively import and market all Fisker...


just-auto Plus only UK: Ricardo announces key milestone in McLaren M838T engine production

11 June 2012

Ricardo has announced that its High Performance Assembly Facility - formally opened in July 2011 - has already assembled and delivered its 1500th engine for McLaren Automotive. The state-of-the-art facility is the newest building on Ricardo's Shoreham...


just-auto Plus only GERMANY: BMW Group Classic at the Retro Classics 2012 show

22 March 2012

Following its successful debut appearance in 2011, BMW Group Classic is returning to the Retro Classics show in Stuttgart this year with an array of visitor highlights. In the spotlight alongside the range of services offered by the BMW Classic Center -...


just-auto Plus only US: A123 Systems wins three contracts for lithium ion Engine Start Battery

7 March 2012

On 6 March, A123 Systems announced production contracts for the company's 12V Engine Start Battery with three leading European automakers, including McLaren Automotive for the MP4-12C and a major German OEM that will use the battery in a 2013 model year...


just-auto Plus only AUSTRALIA: Range Rover Evoque wins BBC TopGear’s ‘Car Of The Year’ award

17 January 2012

BBC TopGear Magazine named the new Range Rover Evoque as their 2011 Car of the Year. The Evoque came top in the SUV category of the annual awards and was also picked by TopGear TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson as his favourite new car this year. ?The Evoque beat...


JBM Cadmium acquires Tesco Go engineering services

4 January 2012

JBM Cadmium, part of JBM Group, has acquired Tesco Go, which provides product development engineering services to the auto, railway and aerospace sectors.

McLaren news

World premieres at the 2017 Goodwood FoS

3 July 2017

The 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed took place between 29 June and 2 July inclusive. The list of...


2017 Geneva motor show - world debuts list

8 March 2017

All the world premieres from the 2017 Geneva motor show are listed below. The most important mode...


McLaren brings carbon fibre production in-house

10 February 2017

McLaren Automotive has announced the first details of its new Composites Technology Centre close...


New McLaren chief credits predecessor

29 November 2016

New McLaren executive director Zak Brown reportedly has credited the sportscar maker Formula One...


Driving the McLaren 650S Spider

27 October 2016

The 650S Spider isn't the fastest car that McLaren Automotive has made during its five years of e...


McLaren launches EV

27 September 2016

McLaren Automotive, whose stated aim is the development of a pure electric vehicle for its Ultima...



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