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Formula One: Mclaren switch to Volvo… … Trucks

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McLaren-Honda have announced  Volvo Trucks as an official supplier of trucks and haulage to its Formula 1 team.

The partnership will see McLaren-Honda take delivery of a brand new fleet of 24 state-of-the-art Volvo FH Series trucks for the duration of the four-year agreement. They will provide essential transport solutions and logistics support for both race team and hospitality operations.

The 24 Volvo FH 13-litre, 540hp trucks will comprise of three different specifications, including standard height, extra low, and top of the range, to cater for the ever-changing logistical requirements of the team at grand prix locations all over Europe.

The technology used on the exclusive flagship truck is inspired by the racing world, and is the first time a heavy goods vehicle has used its celebrated I-Shift automated gearbox matched to a new Dual Clutch, that offers unrivalled driveability in its class. The vehicle also features independent suspension using rack and pinion steering – features which have previously only been available in passenger cars.

McLaren-Honda will benefit from transport solutions that offer fuel-efficient, torque-strong performance, responsive engines and comfortable cabs. The Volvo FH Series boasts the latest I-See gradient technology that can save fuel, and engines that meet the Euro-6 emissions standard, therefore reducing environmental impact in line with the team’s status as the only Formula 1 operation to be awarded the FIA Institute’s Environmental Award for the Achievement of Excellence.

The FH Series is also the world’s safest Volvo product, equipped with unique safety systems including the strongest-ever Volvo cab, driver support systems, redesigned aerodynamic mirrors, improved instrument display and dynamic headlights.

Jonathan Neale, Chief Operating Officer, McLaren Technology Group, said: “As well as looking for on-track efficiencies, as part of McLaren’s sustainability commitments we also look for improvements off it too. That’s why we’re very proud to partner with such a prestigious brand as Volvo Trucks, who are renowned for their innovative and high-performance heavy goods transport solutions.

“Away from the racing circuit, managing freight and logistics for a Formula 1 team presents a huge challenge in itself. Transporting McLaren-Honda’s entire race team operations across Europe in an efficient, reliable and, most importantly, safe manner is no mean feat, and we knew that partnering with Volvo Trucks as an official supplier would fit that bill perfectly.

“Like McLaren, Volvo Trucks prides itself on an enviable heritage in its field. They have been in operation for more than 80 years and built an impressive reputation for strong, reliable and economical transport products. We are looking forward to receiving the first trucks from the new Volvo FH fleet from April onwards, and working with Volvo Trucks to refine our logistics solutions as the relationship progresses.”

Mike Corcoran, Commercial Director at Volvo Trucks UK & Ireland, said: “We are extremely proud to have been selected as a supplier by McLaren-Honda. Our two companies share a number of values – particularly so in terms of our approach to quality and innovation, and we are both very much leaders in the use of technology. We are both winners in the race to find technological solutions to a very different set of transport challenges: McLaren on the track, and Volvo Trucks on the roads and highways of the world.”

Tobias Dahlgren, Brand Strategy & Implementation Director at Volvo Trucks, added: “It is great to see that our trucks, known to be leading in innovation and quality, will deliver transport solutions to a customer in one of the most demanding businesses like McLaren-Honda. For Volvo, being a global brand with a presence on every continent, this ‘co-operation’ provides the possibility for us to offer selected customers and partners a unique experience together with McLaren-Honda.”

Formula One: Richard Mille joins Mclaren

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McLaren-Honda is delighted to announce a new 10 year  partnership with luxury watchmaking brand Richard Mille.

It is a perfectly balanced partnership: both brands share a passion for modern technology, cutting-edge design and precision engineering.

The Swiss brand, a relative newcomer to the watchmaking world, started making watches in 2001 but quickly established itself as one of the pre-eminent players within the industry, developing a unique, immediately recognisable architectural aesthetic. Founder and CEO Richard Mille continues obsessively to push the limits of haute horlogerie, his engineers creating increasingly intricate, innovative and elaborate designs.

In comparison, McLaren has established itself as one of grand prix racing’s most successful and enduring names, having won 20 world championships and 182 grands prix. This year, the team will celebrate its 50th anniversary on the Formula 1 grid (founder Bruce McLaren first raced a car bearing his own name in a grand prix at Monaco in 1966), while pushing hard to return to the front with works engine partner Honda.

The partnership will see Richard Mille timepieces grace the wrists of the team’s world champion drivers Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button, distinctive branding appear on the new MP4-31 car, and a commitment to develop a unique and exclusive series of exceptional calibres inspired by the tremendous heritage of the McLaren brand.

Richard Mille, Chairman and CEO, Richard Mille Horometrie SA, said:

“As both a passionate aficionado and long-time advocate of international motorsport, I’m incredibly pleased and proud to be able to announce our new partnership with McLaren-Honda.

“The McLaren brand has existed at the very pinnacle of Formula 1 racing for 50 years, and its reputation for continual technical innovation, painstaking attention to detail and race-winning success perfectly matches the philosophy of the Richard Mille brand.

“The chance to partner with McLaren is particularly timely: we’ve been evaluating Formula 1 on a restricted basis for several years, but this opportunity has enabled us to engage in a deeper, more meaningful way, with proper focus and effort directed on a major team.

“For me, the association with McLaren is so striking, because I still vividly remember, back in 1981, when McLaren was the first constructor to introduce an all-carbonfibre monocoque to Formula 1. It was a technology that would revolutionise the sport – and still does to this day. Years later, I was able to adopt the same technical solution – a carbonfibre structure – for the baseplates of our watch movements and cases.

“I feel strongly that the Maison Richard Mille embodies the very essence of motorsport: we’re dedicated to the ultimate mechanical challenge, and we’re inspired by the concepts and materials used in Formula 1. For everyone at Richard Mille, this will be a thrilling partnership.”

Ron Dennis, Chairman and CEO, McLaren Technology Group, added:

“I’ve watched with quiet admiration as Richard and his team have built up the Richard Mille brand over the past 15 years. To have established himself at the vanguard of the watchmaking world in such a short space of time is an incredible achievement, and a testament to his vision and determination.

“For him to commit Richard Mille to a 10-year partnership with McLaren underlines our shared belief in the value of long-term agreements, and the benefits that can be derived from growing and developing together.

“The two brands share a distinct common DNA: a passion for design, technology and aesthetics, and I’m excited about the great work we can achieve together over the next 10 years.”

 

To find out more about Richard Mille click here

Formula One: Honda & Indycar confirm multiyear extension

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Honda have announced a multiyear extension to the agreement that retains the manufacturer as an engine supplier to the Verizon IndyCar Series.

“We’re grateful for Honda’s longstanding partnership with INDYCAR the last 13 years,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co., the parent of INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “Racing is a part of Honda’s DNA and its continued investment in the Verizon IndyCar Series – technically on the competition side, but also through sponsoring of events and additional activation – is instrumental to the success and continued growth of our sport.”

Honda has collected 217 Indy car race wins in more than two decades as an engine supplier and won 10 manufacturers’ championships, including six years when it served as sole supplier to the Verizon IndyCar Series. In addition, it has scored 10 victories in the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.

Honda will be in competition with Chevrolet for the fifth consecutive season in 2016, with both manufacturers producing 2.2-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 engines. Additionally, beginning in 2015, both Honda and Chevrolet developed aerodynamic bodywork kits for their respective teams – supplying a road course/street course/short oval aero kit and a separate kit for superspeedway tracks.

“In the 13 years that Honda has been a part of INDYCAR, we’ve had a great deal of success, both against strong competition from other auto manufacturers and as single engine supplier,” said Art St. Cyr, president of Honda Performance Development. “Honda is pleased to be part of the Verizon IndyCar Series, as it provides both a technical challenge for our associates and a showcase for Honda products worldwide.”

Honda – through American Honda and its racing subsidiary, Honda Performance Development -began supplying engines to Indy car teams in 1994 in Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) competition. Honda joined the Verizon IndyCar Series as an engine supplier in 2003 and has been a valued manufacturer and partner ever since.

In addition to continuing as a manufacturer in the Verizon IndyCar Series, Honda retains title sponsorship rights for three events on the schedule: the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park, which is the fourth race on the 2016 schedule, April 22-24; the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, July 29-31; and the Honda Indy Toronto, sponsored by Honda Canada, July 15-17.

Honda have elected to sustain its position within Indycar in addition to its commitment to Formula One with Mclaren, and the World Touring Car Championship. Intriguingly the engine specification used within Indycar mirrors the independent engine specification the FIA proposed as a low cost engine solution for Formula One in 2015.

 

 

Formula One: 2016 Mclaren teamwear revealed

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In a new Sanatander UK advert released over the weekend, Jenson Button is seen wearing Mclaren 2016 teamwear for the first time.

The design suggests the team will retain a similar style to 2015 in both teamwear and colour palette . The design does not feature any previously unannounced partnerships for the team, although these could be added at a later date.

The design has received a mix response on social media, however without the context of the complete kit it is difficult to draw any firm conclusion.

The advert can be seen in full here.

 

 

Formula One – Mclaren Honda – #TurboHeros Campaign

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Over the last 24-hours, you may have noticed McLaren-Honda’s social channels sharing some rather unusual posts…

Introducing the #TurboHeroes campaign.

Join the mighty Turbo Heroes, McLaren-Honda’s Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button, as they battle the evil racer Exhaustus. Follow the thrilling journey across the globe in a tense battle to return mythical artefact – the Jade Dragon of Suzuka – to its spiritual home in Japan.

Turbo Heroes evokes the classic 8-bit gaming era of the 1980s with a series of innovative and unique gaming scenarios involving McLaren-Honda’s two racing heroes.

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Opinion – Keen to move on from what must be one of the most challenging racing weekends in the history of the team, Mclaren have started the week well with the announcement of new sponsorship agreement with Chandon this morning, alongside kicking off this #TurboHeros campaign. This, hopefully first of many, films plays on the 80’s style games console memories, similar to the short film the team released prior to the car launch at the beginning of the year. The team successfully bring some much needed humour back to the sport in general and for themselves. These kind of Japanese themed campaigns will hopefully put to bed the continued rumours of unrest between Mclaren and Honda. They may also hint towards future additional Japanese partners….