Car number 10,000, a gray 570S, rolled out of the McLaren Production Center little more than five years after the very first MP4-12C.
British automaker McLaren has built its 10,000th car, little more than five years after the first rolled out of the Woking, England factory.
Car number 10,000 was a 570S finished in Ceramic Gray – from the McLaren Special Operations ‘Defined’ color chart – that will be retained for the company’s heritage fleet.
McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt said: “The production of the 10,000th McLaren is a significant milestone in the short history of the company. The fact that it took us 42 months to build our 5,000th car and just 22 months to build the next 5,000 speaks volumes about the pace of development of the company. Much of that development is thanks to the introduction of the Sports Series family of cars and it’s therefore fitting that the 10,000th car is a McLaren 570S.”
The very first McLaren MP4-12C rolled out of the futuristic McLaren Production Center just 14 months after ground had been broken at the site. Earlier this year, a second production shift was added to meet demand for the Sport Series cars – the 540C, 570S, and 570GT – doubling output from 10 cars per day to 20 cars per day. A total of 750 workers are employed at the Production Center.
McLaren also announced it turned a profit for the third time in 2016 – an unprecedented achievement for an automaker that is just five years old. Sales are set to almost double in 2016 as well, up from 1,654 last year to around 3,000. More than 90 percent of those cars are sold outside the home market.
McLaren still lags some way behind the Italian titans of the supercar world, Ferrari and Lamborghini. But McLaren has reached the 10,000 mark literally decades earlier than either of its rivals. Holding a solid third place in the sales charts is a huge achievement so early in the company’s history.