High performance auto manufacturer McLaren Group has joined with the UK Government to encourage students to study science and maths courses aimed at the manufacturing industry.
The company recently hosted students at its headquarters as part of the McLaren Manufacturing Challenge, which had students design toy cars to race a 10-metre track.
In the spirit of Formula 1 racing McLaren is well-known for, the model cars had to comply with strict regulations but complete the track as fast as possible.
Finalists were given a tour of the McLaren Technology Centre before their cars faced off in the final race.
In attendance was UK secretary of state for business innovation and skills Vince Cable, who stressed how important engineering and manufacturing companies like McLaren were to the UK economy.
“80 per cent of everything this company produces is exported,” he said.
“If we had a few more companies like this in Britain we wouldn’t have any economic problems.”
McLaren Group executive chairman Ron Dennis also said it was important students saw manufacturing and engineering as a viable career choice.
“As a country we are blessed with intelligent and creative young people who are capable of becoming world leaders in whichever field they choose,” he said.
“Sadly, in the past too few have chosen engineering or manufacturing.”
You can watch the tour of McLaren’s headquarters, and the final model car race in the video below: