McLaren to double production of super cars

McLaren to double production of super cars

Sports car maker McLaren is to double its workforce in a bid to meet strong demand for its luxury models.

An extra 250 employees will be taken on at its base in Surrey, while a second shift will also be added to its manufacturing line.

Demand for the British manufacturer's 200mph super cars has accelerated ahead in recent years, no doubt helped by its presence in Formula One.

McLaren's privately-owned road car business sold 1,649 units in 2014, even though the price of its "budget" 570S model starts at £146,000.

It is widely expected to have sold even more units last year, despite calling time on the production of its £1 million P1 supercar.

Revenues for the company's automotive unit soared by 70% to £475 million in 2014, while profits tripled to £15 million.

The second shift is seen as a major step to help McLaren hit its target of producing 4,000 cars by 2017, as the current shift system has reached peak output.

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