Sixty years after Bruce McLaren made the journey from New Zealand to England to establish the company that still bears his name today, two young engineers have followed in his footsteps as part of a scholarship established in his honour.
University of Auckland (UoA) mechanical engineering students Sabrina Yarndley and Joshua Cates are the latest Bruce McLaren engineering scholars to be welcomed to McLaren to hone their skills at the Woking-based supercar company.
They were greeted at the McLaren Technology Centre (MTC) in Woking by former UoA alumna Lizzy Grant, herself a former Bruce McLaren engineering scholar in 2019 and now working on battery technologies crucial to the company’s future electrified powertrains. They were also joined by fellow Kiwi Piers Scott, the company’s Executive Director of PR, and Jim Marsh, Chief Transformation and People Officer.
Joshua and Sabrina will be completing a three-month scholarship that will see them working in multiple departments across the company.
Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Bruce McLaren studied there and went on to become an accomplished engineer and innovator as well as a successful racing driver.
He arrived in England in 1958 on a ‘Driver to Europe’ scholarship and founded the racing team that remains one of the world’s most successful names in motorsport. In the 1960s, Bruce also unveiled the first McLaren supercar in the M6GT.
McLaren Automotive was established in 2011 and both Sabrina and Joshua share a passion for high performance engineering and supercars which Bruce encapsulated.
The company has produced some of the world’s most iconic supercars and hypercars such as the P1TM and most recently the Speedtail, Solus GT and Elva roadster which celebrates the M1A and McLaren-Elvas of the 1960s that Bruce helped create.
Sabrina and Joshua will be based at the iconic MTC and McLaren Production Centres where they will have stints with designers and engineers, as well as with marketing and aftersales teams to gain a unique insight into the workings of the 3,000-strong workforce.
Jim Marsh, People and Chief Transformation Officer, McLaren Automotive: “Almost sixty years after Bruce set up in England, it is a privilege to welcome our latest engineering scholars in Sabrina and Joshua to McLaren Automotive. It is wonderful to see Bruce’s vision live on in the supercars that we design and make today and that his legacy continues to inspire the next generation of talent from his home nation.
“We are delighted with the continued collaboration with the University of Auckland that will allow Joshua and Sabrina to see first-hand what goes into creating our supercars and for them to make a contribution to real-world projects. I’m sure Bruce would be proud of the internship which continues to celebrate the strong links between Britain and New Zealand that he epitomised.”
Professor Gerard Rowe, Dean of Engineering, University of Auckland: “After the young Bruce McLaren completed the first year of his Bachelor of Engineering degree at the University of Auckland and departed for England to pursue his passion six decades ago, few could have foreseen the outstanding success and deep respect he would earn as an automotive designer and engineer, race car driver, team leader, and business founder.
“The Faculty of Engineering and University are honoured by our ongoing connection with Bruce’s legacy through the Bruce McLaren Automotive scholarship and internship. We are grateful for McLaren Automotive’s ongoing support and to the generous donors who make this possible – alumni Eric Tracey, Rob Whitehouse and Neil Paton, and Sir Colin Giltrap.
“We are incredibly proud of senior students Sabrina and Joshua who are now embarking on their three-month internships with McLaren. Their skills and passion for engineering, combined with the unique experience of their internships, will fuel our students’ passion for automotive engineering and set them on the road to exciting careers.”
About McLaren Automotive
McLaren Automotive is a creator of luxury, high-performance supercars. Every vehicle is hand-assembled at the McLaren Production Centre (MPC) in Woking, Surrey, England. Launched in 2010, the company is now the largest part of the McLaren Group. The company’s product portfolio of GT, supercar, Motorsport and Ultimate models are retailed through over 100 retailers in over 40 markets around the world. McLaren is a pioneer that continuously pushes the boundaries. In 1981, it introduced lightweight and strong carbon fibre chassis into Formula 1 with the McLaren MP4/1. Then in 1993 it designed and built the McLaren F1 road car - the company has not built a car without a carbon fibre chassis since. As part of the Ultimate Series, McLaren was the first to deliver a hybrid hypercar, the McLaren P1™. In 2016, it announced a new hybrid hyper-GT and confirmed in 2018 that the next Ultimate car would be the Speedtail. 2019 saw McLaren launch the 600LT Spider, the new GT and the track-only McLaren Senna GTR. It also unveiled the 620R and McLaren Elva before launching the 765LT the following year. Most recently, the company unveiled its all-new high-performance hybrid supercar, the McLaren Artura. The Artura is the first McLaren to benefit from the McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA). The MCLA is designed, developed and manufactured at the McLaren Composites Technology Centre in the Sheffield region of England using world-first processes and will spearhead the brand’s electrified future. McLaren Automotive also chooses to partner with like-minded, world-leading companies and organisations who push the boundaries in their respective fields. These include Ashurst, Bowers & Wilkins, Gulf, InfiniteWorld, Pirelli, Richard Mille, Plan International and Tumi. https://cars.mclaren.com/gb-en
About McLaren Group
The McLaren Group is a global leader in luxury automotive and elite motorsports with a focus on its Automotive supercar and Racing businesses. Founded in 1963 by racer, engineer and entrepreneur Bruce McLaren, the Group is formed of McLaren Automotive, which hand-builds lightweight supercars; and a majority stake in McLaren Racing which competes in the Formula 1 World Championship and INDYCAR in the US. The Group is globally headquartered at the iconic McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, Surrey, England. With a reputation for innovation and technological excellence, McLaren is one of the UK’s largest independent companies. https://www.mclaren.com/group/