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The Royal Automobile Club is delighted to announce that the 2013 Dewar Trophy for outstanding British technical achievement in the automotive industry has been awarded to McLaren Automotive for its work on the conceptualisation, development and commercialisation of its pioneering sell-out McLaren P1™ supercar.
This prestigious accolade was presented to Dan Parry-Williams of McLaren Automotive, along with members of his project team, during a ceremonial lunch at the Royal Automobile Club on Pall Mall, London.
The Dewar Trophy, which has a lineage of winners dating back to 1906, recognises the best of British engineering in the automotive industry. Previous winners have included Rolls-Royce in 1907 for its 40.5hp engine; Dunlop in 1957 for work developing disc brakes and modern tyres; the British Motor Corporation and Alec Issigonis for the original Mini in 1959; Jaguar in 2003 for its ground-breaking all-aluminium chassis; and the Ford Motor Company for its EcoBoost drivetrain in 2012.
Awarding the 2013 trophy to the McLaren P1 team was a unanimous decision made by experts on the Dewar Technical Committee, chaired by John Wood MBE. The McLaren Automotive team was recognised for setting themselves very challenging and visionary targets, using an advance hybrid system to not only achieve a dramatic reduction in CO2 levels, but also to use the system to boost the performance to make the car faster.
McLaren has achieved all that it set out to do with the P1, with all 375 examples of the model - set to be built at the advanced McLaren Technology Centre in Woking - already pre-sold. The lucky owners of these P1s will have the ability to change driving modes at the flick of a switch between various modes, ranging from Normal, Sport, Track, E Mode and Race, with the latter mode lowering the car’s ride height by 50mm.
The McLaren P1’s aerodynamic package is particularly innovative, and the McLaren introduces other novel features such as SiC impregnated brake discs and hybrid pack cooling system. It is a remarkable example of the integration of novel and advanced systems.
McLaren’s receipt of the 2013 Dewar Trophy follows the Dewar Technical Committee recognising the company’s ongoing contribution to advanced automotive construction techniques for the McLaren 12C last year, with a Special Commendation given to the McLaren Group in 2012.