MARCH 10, 1997
A good week for McLaren
What Ron did not tell everyone was that on the Friday before the event the team was finally granted planning permission to build its a new factory on a farm at Fairoaks - just four miles north of its current base in Woking - which the team acquired early in 1995.
The 125-acre site will be developed and a vast lake will be dug, next to which the team's headquarters building will be built. This will concentrate all the TAG/McLaren Group's companies onto one site, rather than the seven buildings currently being used.
The semi-circular factory will feature six different buildings, all linked to a central reception area. These will house two windtunnels - one of which will almost certainly be a 100% rolling road facility, the McLaren race team, TAG Electronics, TAG/McLaren Marketing and the McLaren Cars road car and GT racing programs.
The team has been trying to get planning permission for 18 months.