Sixty years after Bruce McLaren established his company, two engineers have followed in his footsteps as part of a scholarship established in his honour.
University of Auckland (UoA) mechanical engineering students Sabrina Yarndley and Joshua Cates are the latest Bruce McLaren engineering scholars to be welcomed to McLaren to hone their skills at the Woking-based supercar company.
They were greeted at the McLaren Technology Centre (MTC) in Woking by former UoA alumna Lizzy Grant, herself a former Bruce McLaren engineering scholar in 2019 and now working on battery technologies crucial to the company’s future electrified powertrains. Joshua and Sabrina will be completing a three-month scholarship that will see them working in multiple departments across the company.
Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Bruce McLaren studied there and went on to become an accomplished engineer and innovator as well as a successful racing driver. He arrived in England in 1958 on a ‘Driver to Europe’ scholarship and founded the racing team that remains one of the world’s most successful names in motorsport.
Sabrina and Joshua will be based at the iconic MTC and McLaren Production Centres where they will have stints with designers and engineers, as well as with marketing and aftersales teams to gain a unique insight into the workings of the 3,000-strong workforce.
“Almost sixty years after Bruce set up in England, it is a privilege to welcome our latest engineering scholars in Sabrina and Joshua to McLaren Automotive. It is wonderful to see Bruce’s legacy continues to inspire the next generation of talent from his home nation, says Jim Marsh of McLaren Automotive