McLaren Automotive has awarded its first international internship to a mechatronics student from the University of Auckland in New Zealand.
Following in the footsteps of the McLaren founder, Bruce McLaren, unrelated Andrew McLaren, a third-year student in the Faculty of Engineering studying Mechatronics Engineering, will spend nine weeks at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, working alongside the company’s Research and Development engineers.
McLaren founder, Bruce McLaren, travelled to England on a similar ‘Driver to Europe’ scholarship nearly 60 years ago to pursue his motorsport aspirations and founded his own racing company in 1963. Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Bruce McLaren studied at the Auckland University of Technology and went on to become an engineer, innovator and successful racing driver.
Born in Dargaville, New Zealand, Andrew attended Dargaville High School before starting his Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronics, which combines mechanical, electrical and computer engineering.
Andrew McLaren’s particular focus is said to be in the Research and Development of future products, and especially the company’s efforts to reduce the emissions of the next generation of sports and super cars.
Andrew said: “I can’t wait, it’s a field that is very hard to get into because there is very little opportunity in New Zealand, so I thought I would never get a chance like this.
“I would love to be at the forefront of that kind of innovative thinking. I’d really like to do something that would benefit society.”
Commenting on the internship, Brand Ambassador for McLaren Automotive and daughter of Bruce, Amanda McLaren said: “I’m delighted to welcome Andrew to McLaren Automotive to continue his education. Even though my father passed away many years ago, the connection between McLaren and New Zealand still remains very strong and the parallels in both of their early careers is especially poignant.”