The fast track to success

The supercar aura of Formula 1 racing is underpinned by a billion dollar design business, writes Tamara Thiessen.

22nd July, 2006

In the semi-industrial spread of Surrey, 30 miles south of London, a stunning spaceship-like building of glass and steel rises from the fields.

With its moat and landscaped lagoons, the building has something of the aura of a holy grail: a mystical place where the pursuit of perfection is a top secret operation. But it’s neither spaceship nor mythical creation, its the McLaren Technology Centre, where the cars of Formula 1 (F1) outfit, Team McLaren Mercedes,...

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