Unilever and McLaren Racing announce technical partnership

13 Jan 2020

By: Sport Industry Group

McLaren Racing and Unilever have entered into a multi-year technical partnership, due to start in the 2020 Formula 1 season. 

The partnership will aim to use McLaren’s expertise in high performance engineering to drive developments in a number of areas useful to Unilever.

The pair say this will include improvements in performance and energy efficiency through Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modelling, and build deeper insights into material science as well as enhancing areas such as sensor technology and analytics of complex systems.

Zak Brown, CEO, McLaren Racing said: “McLaren and Unilever are two organisations with a global reputation for innovating, inspiring and leading in the technology industry. For more than 50 years, McLaren has been an innovator in engineering and the driving force behind cutting-edge technological firsts and pioneering breakthroughs. This partnership allows us to share knowledge and expertise between two global organisations, developing in integral areas to both businesses. We are looking forward to starting this partnership in the 2020 season.”

Dave Penrith, Chief Engineer, Unilever added: “This is a very exciting partnership for both Unilever and McLaren. Together we will use our combined efforts to solve both current and future challenges with some of the best engineering minds in the world, and also develop the next level of talent within our companies. The application of McLaren technology and culture will be an important component as we make our business ever more agile, sustainable and responsive to customers and consumers.”

The deal will also look to implement rotational placements, mentorships and inclusivity programmes including the co-creation of an engineering academy with a view to nurturing new talent.