Flat caps, whippets, ferrets down trousers, and a fondness for thriftiness. With all the obvious Yorkshire clichés dispensed with, we can actually turn to the news that proud Yorkshire folk can celebrate – having a McLaren dealership on ‘their’ side of the Pennines.
As the McLaren Automotive brand continues to grow, with the new 720S and Senna hypercar boosting the range even further, Leeds has been chosen to cater for customers in Yorkshire and North East England. The first phase of the dealership is set to open this month, with a second phase set to have a substantial 12,000 square-feet bespoke building built by the end of 2018.
McLaren has already opened two new retail locations this year, with a temporary facility in Hatfield, Hertfordshire followed by the newly-refurbished McLaren Manchester site.
McLaren Automotive’s Design Director, Rob Melville, hails from Leeds. However, we imagine it is the status of Leeds as one of the fastest-growing cities in the United Kingdom, along with being perfectly placed to access superb driving roads, which cemented the choice of location.
Yorkshire has an existing connection to the McLaren Automotive brand, with Sheffield the location for the McLaren Technology Composites Centre. Once finished, the South Yorkshire facility will employ up to 200 people producing the carbon fibre monocoque chassis found across the range of McLaren cars.
For now we can only wonder if a Yorkshire-inspired ‘White Rose’ edition McLaren is on the cards. Does tweed upholstery work with carbon fibre?