McLaren celebrates its Kiwi roots

Two young engineers from New Zealand have arrived in England to begin an internship established in honour of McLaren’s Kiwi founder, Bruce McLaren.

University of Auckland students Elizabeth Grant and Harvey Merton are both following in the footsteps of Bruce McLaren who arrived in England in 1958 on a scholarship before going on to establish his racing team five years later.

Bruce’s vision was always to build supercars. McLaren Automotive was established just under a decade ago to fulfil that vision and which is where Elizabeth and Harvey, who both have a passion for high performance engineering and cars, will spend the next two months. They will have stints with designers, development engineers, the powertrain team as well as areas such as aftersales to gain a rounded understanding of the 2,700 strong team.

The scholarship winners were welcomed by Bruce’s daughter Amanda, a Brand Ambassador for McLaren Automotive.

It’s wonderful to welcome Elizabeth and Harvey to McLaren as the latest bright young engineers to benefit from the international internship named in honour of my father and to know his legacy lives on today both in the cars and the ethos of the company. I’m grateful to both McLaren Automotive and the University of Auckland for their continued support for nurturing young engineering talent.”

— Amanda McLaren, McLaren Automotive

Giltrap Group are proud to support this collaboration between McLaren Automotive and the University of Auckland.

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