McLaren are best known for their award winning British Formula One team. However the flash team zoomed into the Virtual Engineering Centre here at the University of Liverpool to not only showcase their impressive car but to see how innovative virtual technology can help them leave their competition behind!

As soon as they arrived they drew attention to their beautiful parked McLaren 570S outside as students admired the design and flawless appearance.

Technical Director, Andy Levers gets ready for a ‘spin’

Visiting the Virtual Engineering Centre (VEC), we demonstrated to McLaren’s Executive Director, Alan Foster some of our key skills and some previous collaborative projects we have worked on including the AlderHey project. When the virtual heart came onto the screen and the VEC’s Carlo demonstrated how you can walk into the heart, Alan gasped and said “you’ve expanded my brain to another level” and “that’s another league!”.

Impressed, along with the University Engineering students, we also demonstrated to Alan how we have worked with Automobile giants Bentley previously on a very successful Case Study, STRIVE. Alan agreed that whilst visiting the Universities and seeing their latest technology is fun to explore, he sees the value in this when you can see practical engineering with real substance.


Whilst at the University, McLaren’s Executive Director of Operations, Alan Foster performed a lecture via LivWiSE.

Identified by KPMG and Lloyds Bank as one of the top 100 most influential manufacturing executives in the UK (2014), Alan talks about;

  • How McLaren build and develop Super Cars and Formula One
  • McLaren Automotive business and an insight into the cutting edge technology, engineering and manufacturing that is involved
  • An overview of the diverse career opportunities at McLarens