Mazak supplies trio of machines to McLaren

Yamazaki Mazak has supplied a further three machines to McLaren as part of its ongoing role as the Formula One team’s official supplier of CNC machine tools.

Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.
Wednesday 07 March 2018.
Fernando Alonso, McLaren MCL33 Renault.
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Having supplied the team for the past 19 years, the latest additions – two 5-axis Variaxis i-600 multi-tasking machining centres and one Quick Turn 250 MY turning centre – take McLaren’s current total of machine tools at its Surrey-based technology centre to 36.
Simon Roberts, chief operating officer at McLaren Racing, says: “Long-term partners like Mazak are extremely important to our team. We expect a lot from our technical partners and official suppliers, and Mazak continues to deliver year-on-year. With over 12% of our car being produced on Mazak machine tools, it’s vital to our performance on the track that upgrades are delivered on time and to the highest standard. The expansion of our in-house machining capabilities demonstrates our commitment to designing and manufacturing McLaren’s Formula One cars.”
Richard Smith, European group managing director at Yamazaki Mazak, adds: “Formula One is a sport defined by the finest of margins, with a network of engineers making constant changes to the car throughout the season. Given the intense and often unpredictable nature of races, the ability to quickly produce precision parts between race weekends is integral to the team’s ability to arrive at the starting grid in the best position possible. To have been the team’s exclusive supplier of CNC machine tools for 19 years is one of Yamazaki Mazak’s proudest achievements, and we believe the three new machines will contribute to McLaren continuing as one of the iconic motorsport teams for many years to come.”
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