On Thursday 21st March, members of the Car Society had the opportunity to tour the prestigious McLaren Technology Centre, designed by Sir Norman Foster and home to McLaren's F1 road car and Applied Technologies efforts.
On arrival, we were immediately greeted by the sight of some of the most successful and famous pieces of automotive engineering and design, all of which were in working order; ranging from Ayrton Senna's championship-winning McLaren F1 car to the Le Mans-winning F1 GTR.
A highlight of our tour involved walking along a hallway lined with the trophies of McLaren's extensive racing success. Unlike most motorsport teams, McLaren chooses to house all the trophies won under its name at the factory and not with the drivers. Despite this being rather unpopular for obvious reasons, it did make for an awe-inspiring journey detailing the illustrious history of the racing team from Formula 1 in 1966 to its famous Le Mans victory in 1995. There's even an Indianapolis 500 trophy in the collection, making McLaren the only race team to have won the F1 Constructors Championship, Le Mans and the Indy 500 - famously known as the 'Triple Crown' of motorsport.
Finally, we arrived at the McLaren factory floor, a breathtaking hive of activity, which was unfortunately a strictly no-photography zone, primarily due to the concept cars and designs that were on display. However, from our raised platform we could see at least fifty supercar and hypercar McLarens being produced, painted and tested, and crucially for McLaren, all by hand, separating them from their famous competitors such as Ferrari or Porsche.
All in all, it was a fantastic experience for all those who could make it, offering the boys and dons a chance to marvel at some of the finest automotive engineering and design that England has to offer.
26th June 2020
There is always something to celebrate at Winchester College and the last couple of years have been particularly full of significant anniversaries - the opening of the boarding houses and the conversion of Commoners into classrooms - and this summer sees the 150th anniversary of the opening of Moberly Library.
8th June 2020
English don, Richard Stillman reflects on the protests sweeping the United States and United Kingdom, what we might do to educate ourselves, and how this might help make a difference.
1st June 2020
In our latest Thought for the Week, Dr Jamie Barron notes that the COVID-19 crisis has brought scientists into the spotlight, but that science by its nature sits uncomfortably with the world of the sound-bite.
21st May 2020
Looking ahead to the next Treasury exhibition, Dr Griffin considers the work of Sir Thomas Browne (OW), a physician renowned for his close observation of nature.
11th May 2020
As he sets off on his own creative sabbatical, Malcolm recommends exploring one's own creativity, and spending time in nature, as a balm for life, beyond the present circumstances.
10th May 2020
In this article, Mr Ben Gould, Economics don explores how the pandemic might impact economic recovery.