Subcontractors urged to target motorsport

Engineering subcontractors hit by the Rover crisis should target motorsport for business, McLaren’s head of manufacturing told an audience of toolmakers last week. Presenting the Gauge and Toolmakers Association’s World Class Awards last week, McLaren’s Geoff Highly said motorsport teams were dependent on subcontractors to service their constant design changes. `We don’t have sufficient capacity […]

Engineering subcontractors hit by the Rover crisis should target motorsport for business, McLaren’s head of manufacturing told an audience of toolmakers last week.

Presenting the Gauge and Toolmakers Association’s World Class Awards last week, McLaren’s Geoff Highly said motorsport teams were dependent on subcontractors to service their constant design changes.

`We don’t have sufficient capacity to get the job done,’ he said. `We only have 28 people in our machine shop. But we have 280 machinists out there as suppliers. Motorsport is heavily dependent on [subcontractors].’

`So if the cold wind is blowing because of Rover, don’t be shy about putting your capability brochure in the post to motorsport teams. And if you can meet our quality standards and deadlines, then cost is a secondary consideration.’

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