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Went today to see my car ,on the line ,being built. This has been a long journey as It seem like I've been waiting forever but what a car worth waiting for!

The MPC has been transformed since my last visit (October) with activity at a much enhanced pace- they are achieving 9 cars a day which is the current target. People now exude confidence as they have a predictable process and it was good to see lots of smiles and interaction.

Seeing the cars in various stages of assembly really gets across the complexity and sophistication designed into the car.

For instance the engine and gearbox present all serviceable items on the lower surface for ease of access. The top of the engine aligns with the top of the rear tyre so that polar moment of inertia is low.....it really is a dimensionally small box and engine with tiny turbo's....that was a real surprise, the turbo's, so there is plenty of room for Mega Mac Turbo's.

The quality of the interiors was first class, impressive.

Doris was conspicuous by her absence but she is on her way and, I was assured, very impressive. Plus the sound system is driven by the quality of the input and they are working, at dealer level, on a set of instructions and guidelines. MPC staff assured me the Doris's hardware is tip top so the sound will be tip top if the correct non-compression is used(my words as I struggle with compression and crappy sounding i-tunes).


Colour wise the line was dominated by VO, MO and VR which is the best colour by a country mile. Interiors were subdued unless an American destination when anything goes......honestly I now know why you guys in America wear sunglasses.....seriously some good and colourful leather combo's.

They had a Special Ops HS there and ,for me, was a retrograde styling step as it seemed to want to Ape Lambo....but everybody has their own taste and checkbook.

Anyway a first class facility staffed out with highly motivated and helpful staff. Brilliant visit, especially if you are interested in the assembly and engineering.

For those interested the vins were all over the hockey from low 700 to mid 800's. My vin is mid 800's and will take another two weeks for completion.

The Mclaren people I meet impress in so many ways....... committed no doubt, enthusiastic to levels equal to and more than the customers, busting keen to deliver the best......only the best and then better. Above all they will be there with us through this exciting experience.
 

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Went today to see my car ,on the line ,being built. This has been a long journey as It seem like I've been waiting forever but what a car worth waiting for!

The MPC has been transformed since my last visit (October) with activity at a much enhanced pace- they are achieving 9 cars a day which is the current target. People now exude confidence as they have a predictable process and it was good to see lots of smiles and interaction.

Seeing the cars in various stages of assembly really gets across the complexity and sophistication designed into the car.

For instance the engine and gearbox present all serviceable items on the lower surface for ease of access. The top of the engine aligns with the top of the rear tyre so that polar moment of inertia is low.....it really is a dimensionally small box and engine with tiny turbo's....that was a real surprise, the turbo's, so there is plenty of room for Mega Mac Turbo's.

The quality of the interiors was first class, impressive.

Doris was conspicuous by her absence but she is on her way and, I was assured, very impressive. Plus the sound system is driven by the quality of the input and they are working, at dealer level, on a set of instructions and guidelines. MPC staff assured me the Doris's hardware is tip top so the sound will be tip top if the correct non-compression is used(my words as I struggle with compression and crappy sounding i-tunes).


Colour wise the line was dominated by VO, MO and VR which is the best colour by a country mile. Interiors were subdued unless an American destination when anything goes......honestly I now know why you guys in America wear sunglasses.....seriously some good and colourful leather combo's.

They had a Special Ops HS there and ,for me, was a retrograde styling step as it seemed to want to Ape Lambo....but everybody has their own taste and checkbook.

Anyway a first class facility staffed out with highly motivated and helpful staff. Brilliant visit, especially if you are interested in the assembly and engineering.

For those interested the vins were all over the hockey from low 700 to mid 800's. My vin is mid 800's and will take another two weeks for completion.

The Mclaren people I meet impress in so many ways....... committed no doubt, enthusiastic to levels equal to and more than the customers, busting keen to deliver the best......only the best and then better. Above all they will be there with us through this exciting experience.
Thanks for the recap. Also good to hear that they are upbeat about DORIS. She needs it, as her reputation has been sullied so.

Yes it is amazing how small and compact the motor, isn't it? It does belie the acceleration it produces!
 

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No one wants a car built on a Friday anyway. :D

Well I'd imagine McLaren probably don't have that issue. ;)

Thanks for the recap RIC - I am sure the place was buzzing and it sounds like a real treat to see your own car in build on the line and interact with the staff who put their effort (and hearts) into it. :)

Can you share what color the HS was that you saw? Did you happen to notice if it had amber and red side markers and the US-style rear bumper shell with the narrow plate opening? I'm still not totally convinced they are all destined for the USA.

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The HS was an off white or dirty white, did not notice the details.
 

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The HS was an off white or dirty white, did not notice the details.
Thanks for that piece of info. I'm sure they'll get noticed wherever they end up. :)

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How many times have you been to the MTC/MPC now RIC,is it mostly on buisness you been a VIP and all !!! ????;)
Did they let on wether there are more than the 5 HS cars ?
 

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Andy, I think I've been about half a dozen times now. They do have good people judgement skills and like my mature, considered and thoughtful approach or maybe it's my check-book!:D

It is very special place to visit and now they are beginning to 'fly' in the MPC it is even more special, the team feels good about what is being achieved.

I did not ask about the HS other than what the increase in bhp/torque was......and got a diplomatic response! There was the MSO matt orange car next to it and the paint costs about £13.5k extra.

No signs of the drophead by the way but I did not enquire.
 

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RIC - we just missed each other! I was there this morning touring the MPC. What an incredible facility! Like you said the staff are top notch and friendly and it was great to get the tour from Matt and Jim from MSO. Great people! can't wait until I get mine as it seems to be a 180 from the Ferrari/Maranello treatment. Hats off to them.

there was quite a bit of snow in Woking but even my 3 year old enjoyed the whole time we were there.

Peloton - the HS had no plate holder space. There were also no reflectors on that car. It was white.
 

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Peloton - the HS had no plate holder space. There were also no reflectors on that car. It was white.
Interesting news - thanks much. :)

Glad you enjoyed your visit. If I wasn't planning a trip to Italy in May I'd be over there for a visit to see this stuff myself, but perhaps it is better I wait until after the F1 successor is moving along down the line? Decisions...

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I used to live in Canada.:D Compared to Canada & upstate New York, this hardly counts as snow.
Know what you mean,i drive alot in the Alps,not quite canada,but the odd metre or two dosent phase the authorities or the public,buisness as usual.
Although i have thought i was driving on snowtyres a few times when i wasnt,that can be bottom clenching:eek:
 

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Here are some clips of my car during build. If you can zoom in you will see the stagering quality of the componentry such as the castings and wishbones. Even the discs are finished to perfection.

The doors were put on whilst I was there and the hinge is a work of art and very heavy.

I jokingly asked the technician to ensure it was bolted together so I did not have to return the car.......15 minutes later he finnished explaining how they ensure that won't happen.

I have spent a lot of time in car assembly plants and I can say that the specification and quality of componentry is first class. Mclaren don't just talk the talk they really 'do' what they set out to achieve.
 

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Know what you mean,i drive alot in the Alps,not quite canada,but the odd metre or two dosent phase the authorities or the public,buisness as usual.
Although i have thought i was driving on snowtyres a few times when i wasnt,that can be bottom clenching:eek:
Power sliding on black ice.............that is the one that always gets the butt clenched.
 

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Power sliding on black ice.............that is the one that always gets the butt clenched.
Yeah true,but most scary moment for me was last week driving between geneva and Montreaux on a very windy night at -20 with a dry clear road at a steady 100 kph,to suddenly find a wind blown snowdrift a foot deep with nowhere to go and no time to stop,and this was on the motorway.One of those freak happenings as you could see the vortex that had made it within a couple of minutes, as the road was not empty.Thankfully i was the first to hit it and came through with no help on my part,but from my rear view mirror im pretty sure several cars qlanced off the barriers.I quess it was just my day:eek:
 

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Andy , sounds like the Fickle Finger of Fate played a part. Scary moment I'm sure!
 

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Thankfully i was the first to hit it and came through with no help on my part,but from my rear view mirror im pretty sure several cars qlanced off the barriers.I quess it was just my day:eek:
I know that road and have driven it a few times.

Had a similar event a few years ago where I hit a patch of ice on a corner, did a complete 360 and ended up right back in my lane. Zero damage except for heart rate etc. A police car was parked on the side of the road a few hundred yards up, he must have seen the whole thing as I got a thumbs up as I crawled past.
 
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