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.
30th March 2020
Ode to a Nightingale reminds us of the power of the imagination to triumph over human frailty and disease.
27th March 2020
Whilst we are unable to gather for our Passiontide Service, it is still possible to share the music we would have enjoyed, and find a moment of peace.
26th March 2020
Whilst we wait for a knight in armour to save the day, our Head of Art History encourages us to use this time to look at the world around us with fresh eyes.
25th March 2020
For the third in our series of Thoughts for the Day, the Chaplain celebrates the Feast of the Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
24th March 2020
The spring equinox is the moment of the year where the scales begin to turn in favour of longer days, and more light. Can we take comfort from the rhythms of nature when the patterns of our own daily routines are so disrupted?
23rd March 2020
'Invictus' was written by a man who, as a child, suffered tuberculosis of the bone, had to have a leg amputated and nearly lost the other. Henley had to endure much and this poem is about the spirit which underpins endurance. As pupils continue their learning remotely, Div Dons will send them a 'Thought for the Day' during term-time, carefully chosen to inspire reflection and discussion. These selections, alongside a brief introduction, will be shared here daily.