McLaren drives school engineering challenge

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The UK government’s Business Secretary Vince Cable presented the 2012 McLaren Manufacturing Challenge trophy to this year’s winning school.

The annual competition, which is designed to raise the profile and help improve the image of high-tech manufacturing and engineering, sets schools the challenge of designing a race-winning model cars.

The miniature vehicles can be as complicated as the teams like, but the challenge is simple – to cover a 10 metre track as quickly as possible without using any form of motor.

Finalists are invited to spend an afternoon at the McLaren Technology Centre, where they get to see how a Formula 1 team operates and how McLaren designs its cars, before the big race begins.

The McLaren Manufacturing Challenge forms part of the Government’s ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ programme that aims to show young people that modern manufacturing is a high-tech industry and can offer fantastic career opportunities.

“Manufacturing is a highly-creative industry that offers rewarding and well paid careers,” said Cable. “Working closely with leading businesses like McLaren through the ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ programme, we are demonstrating to young people first-hand what jobs in manufacturing and engineering are like today.”