News in the auto and tech industry is afire on rumours that Apple is looking to make an investment in McLaren Technology Group, according to a story in the Financial Times.
Speculation is that McLaren’s advanced automotive technology may assist Apple in accelerating the development of its very top secret autonomous car. (Apple, it’s hard to keep your automotive plans a secret when you hire scores of automotive engineers.)
However, when reached today, McLaren denied these rumours. According to a McLaren spokesperson, “We can confirm that McLaren is not in discussion with Apple in respect of any potential investment.”
McLaren was founded in the sixties by Bruce McLaren as a racing team. In Formula 1 competition, the racing team has earned eight constructors’ and a dozen drivers’ championships, including three with the late Ayrton Senna.
The company’s road car division, McLaren Automotive has produced what is perhaps the world’s greatest supercar, the F1. Today, the division manufactures a range of exotics to suit those with a taste for supercars and hypercars.
Under Ron Dennis’ leadership, McLaren has been defined by its attention to detail, both in racing and road car operations. The hyper focused design philosophy is highlighted by the careful consideration of every component in each of the company’s road cars.
This approach to design dovetails near perfectly with the product and brand ideals set by Steve Jobs and current design head, Sir Jony Ive, a noted automobile enthusiast himself. While these two brands may mesh on their respective design philosophies, McLaren’s categorical denial of these rumours should put the story to rest.
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