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‘Made in Britain’

McLaren Automotive and the new MP4-12C are staring in a major new BBC series that begins tonight, Monday 20th June, at 21:00GMT on BBC2. ‘Made in Britain’ hosted by Dragons’ Den and Radio 4 Today programme host, Evan Davis, features the MP4-12C as an indicator of the sort of high-technology innovation, and McLaren as the sort of company, that will support economic growth in the UK.

The BBC states on its website: “Who says we don't make anything anymore? In the first of a three-part series on how Britain pays its way in the world, Evan Davis busts the myths that we were wrong to let so much of our manufacturing go abroad, and that we have become a nation of shopkeepers, bankers and estate agents. As he flies in the world's most revolutionary jet and drives one of the world's fastest supercars, he discovers Britain still makes a lot it can be proud of. But post crash, he asks is it enough to meet the country's bills?”

A trailer for the programme, currently available on the BBC’s website asks the question: High value production is what Britain does best, but can exports like the new McLaren bring in enough money to pay for all our imports? Evan Davis finds out just how good the new McLaren MP4-12C is as it gets put through its paces on a racetrack.

Chris Goodwin, McLaren Automotive’s Chief Test Driver, had the opportunity to take Davis around the Dunsfold ‘Top Gear’ test track, presenting him with an exhilarating view of the innovative new high-performance sports car from the passenger seat. The trailer can be viewed at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00hjz23
 
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