McLaren Performance Technologies (Nasdaq: MCLN - news) announced today that it will open the McLaren Vehicle Development Center dedicated to advanced concept vehicle development for Ford Racing Technology and other related Ford vehicle programs. Located in Livonia, Mich., the 15,200-square-foot facility is expected to be operational by late Fall 2000. The company will staff the center with current employees involved in vehicle development and is expected to hire an additional 25 to 30 new employees.