The award was presented at the McLaren Technology Centre by Andrew Wates OBE, the Vice Lord-Lieutenant for Surrey.
The award recognises the company’s success in the global motorsport, aerospace, transport and automotive markets. The company supplies the control and data systems to all competitors in the Formula One, NASCAR and IndyCar series. One in ten people around the world watch races in which all cars are powered by McLaren. The company also develops and sells electronics for piston-engine aircraft, video and data systems for commuter trains and hybrid systems and power-train controllers for sports cars.
McLaren has been competing on a world stage since it was formed 50 years ago in 1963. The McLaren Group is a world leader in the development of a range of technologies, including the most desirable performance road cars, complex electronic systems, real-time data systems and modelling and simulation techniques. The group continues to grow in many diverse and global markets.
This is the company’s second Queen’s Award, having won an award for innovation in 2009 in recognition of its development of leading-edge control and data systems. MESL sells its electronics, software and components to a worldwide market with export sales up by more than 60% since 2008 with offices in Woking, UK and Huntersville, North Carolina, USA.
Dr Peter van Manen, Managing Director of McLaren Electronic Systems said: “We are delighted to have received this Queen’s Award for International Trade. Our domestic market for high performance electronics and software remains strong and the business outside Britain continues to grow. McLaren is a great British company and this award is an endorsement of our drive to do even more”.
About McLaren Electronic Systems Limited
Founded in 1989 as TAG Electronic Systems, this part of the McLaren Group makes the impossible possible: creating cutting-edge control electronics that perform at the highest level in the extreme environment of professional motor racing.
McLaren Electronic Systems is the official engine control unit (ECU) supplier to the FIA Formula One World Championship. These ECUs control the engine, gearbox and chassis of every car on the grid and provide real-time data analysis and telemetry for all competing teams. Their range of high-performance sensors generates the rich flow of data which the teams use to optimise their performance.
The company is also the official ECU supplier for NASCAR, which races 43 cars every weekend between February and November. NASCAR is the fastest growing sport in the USA with over 80 million viewers every year. McLaren Electronic Systems is also the sole ECU supplier to the IZOD IndyCar® Series which includes the iconic Indy 500 race.
An ability to fast-track development, and make every product robust, has enabled McLaren Electronic Systems to target adjacent markets, including high-end automotive, railway, aerospace and defence applications. This is placing the company at the forefront of the UK’s drive to become a global leader in the ever growing high-technology industry.