McLaren Automotive Creates More Jobs As Demand Grows
It seems McLaren Automotive has had a better time in 2015 than its Honda powered F1 sibling as demand for the fairly new to market supercar maker has been stronger than anticipated. Due to this demand McLaren will add 250 more jobs to cater for a growing customer base.
McLaren Automotive ended 2015 with 1,653 cars sold and expects 2016 to fare better with a target of 3,000 orders quite possibly being fulfilled.
The most popular car is the entry level Sports Series which has a starting price of £126,000, 1,200 orders for the 570S and 540C have already been placed which accounts for six months worth of production.
The company currently has around 1,000 staff. Of the 250 jobs to be created 200 will be based in the Woking production facility and the rest will be split towards logistics and quality assurance.
The Woking factory, which is more like a laboratory, has a production rate of 14 cars per day. When the second shift starts in February the rate of production will increase to 20 units per day by June.
McLaren expect the Sports Series to account for two thirds of volume production with the Super Series 650S Coupe and Spider taking up the rest of the sales. In addition limited edition models will account for a smaller footprint of sales.
Later this year McLaren will reveal a new body style for the Sports Series line of cars which will be followed by a convertible in 2017. McLaren Automotive posted a £20.8 million profit in 2014, results for 2015 have yet to made public.