McLaren's supercar 'affordable'

McLaren has lifted the lid off its new "affordable" supercar and a £40 million production facility in Surrey where it will be built.

The new 32,000 square metre plant in Woking will begin producing the MP4-12C model in 12 months' time - creating 300 jobs.

The sleek-looking machine will use a one-piece carbon-fibre chassis that enables the car to be produced for around half the £300,000 price tag that such a high-performance vehicle would normally carry.

The company said it expects to manufacture around 1,000 new cars in 2011. The new facility's annual output of cars could reach 4,000 by 2015, McLaren said.

The new car is planned to be sold in 19 countries and North America could form 30 to 40% of its market, the company said.

McLaren Automotive chairman Ron Dennis said: "We have long held the dream of building a range of McLaren high-performance sports cars that take the raw elements of Formula 1 principles, processes and performance and forge them into a unique package - one that offers customer-focused requirements of quality, efficiency, comfort and reliability."

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