Woking, the home of the McLarens, turns 20

Collection of historic F1 cars at the McLaren Technology Center

Surely, if I ask you soon, you have no idea what was happening in the world on May 12, exactly 20 years ago. However, that is a very important date on the calendar of McLaren and all its fans: that same day, in 2004, Queen Elizabeth II went to the English municipality of Woking - about 40 km southwest of London - to inaugurate all the high McLaren Technology Center.

Since then, the facilities designed by the extraordinary Norman Foster They have become the cradle and home of all McLaren models, both from its automotive branch and from the creatures created by the team that competes in Formula 1 uninterruptedly since May 1966. Yes, as you see, the fifth month of the year is a fetish for those of the mythical papaya color...

The McLaren Technology Center is also a full-fledged private museum

An artificial lake surrounds the McLaren Technology Center

Despite the fact that just three years ago the financial crisis suffered by the brand pushed them to sell their headquarters to the American Global Net Lease for nearly 200 million euros, the MTC continues to be McLaren's home for all intents and purposes. And as such, the offices of the leaders of McLaren Automotive and the McLaren F1 Team are still located there.

In fact, since the expansion of the McLaren Production Center was completed in 2011, it is also the place where supercars are designed, developed and assembled registrable from the British firm. So, to celebrate a worthy anniversary and wish it many more years to come, we leave you some curiosities about the aforementioned McLaren Technology Center. Which one do you prefer?

Some curiosities of the McLaren Technology Center in Woking

McLaren Technology Center turns 20

  1. The artificial lake is, without a doubt, one of its hallmarks. It contains more than 30 million liters of water which is pumped through heat exchangers to help cool the buildings and dissipate heat produced by the wind tunnel.
  2. The design of the façade support sheets was inspired by the suspension trapezoids of a Formula 1.
  3. The restaurant's atmospheric pressure is slightly lowered and controlled to contain the smell of the food.
  4. More than 100.000 trees and shrubs have been planted on the 50-hectare site since 2004.
  5. The land on which the MTC was built was an ostrich farm.
  6. Seen from above, the Technology Center and the lake form a perfect circle.
  7. The building has served as a set for numerous film productions; for example, Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.
  8. There are 43.000 square meters of glass used, approx.
  9. Two million hours of work were needed to build it.
  10. The rivers and lakes provide habitat for 11 species of dragonflies and zygopterans.
  11. The main structure is large enough to accommodate nine Boeing 747 units from end to end.
  12. The building is surrounded by a mud wall one meter thick and 27 meters deep (to excavate it they had to bring one of the three special machines that exist in the world from the US.)
  13. The design guidelines were to make it look 90% NASA and 10% Disney.
  14. The vegetation surrounding the MTC captures and stores 100 tons of carbon per year.
  15. The glass elevators seen behind the façade were inspired by a piston.

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