McLaren Racing just published their newest Sustainability Report for 2022 that goes into detail on all their efforts to become more sustainable on all levels while still pursuing the highest level of performance. Since 2020, Bcomp has been collaborating with McLaren Racing and we are incredibly proud to be developing our natural fibre composite technologies for more circular bodywork with one of the most successful teams in motorsport history.
“Now is the time to level the playing field so teams no longer have to choose between investing in car performance and investing in sustainability. It’s an impossible choice.” – Zak Brown, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Racing
A significant part of McLaren Racing’s sustainability effort is centered around the circular F1 car project. In 2022 they started a project to assess the sustainability impacts of their F1 constructor activities. Considering that the materials and processes they use to construct their cars make up 36% of their GHG footprint, makes this project an essential lever in reaching McLaren Racing’s net zero target.
In 2022, McLaren Racing also continued to work with Bcomp to design more circular bodywork. A keel panel, constructed from flax, was run in Friday testing on the McLaren car at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The successful test demonstrated that the panel could be used on the car in future races.
The successful collaboration between Bcomp and McLaren Racing continues to open up new possibilities for our ampliTex™ and powerRibs™ natural fibre solutions to make the highest-performing F1 cars more sustainable without sacrificing performance. In the past, our bio-based alternatives to carbon fibre have already been successfully trialled and raced in Lando’s seat, bodywork and pit-stop equipment. We are excited to continue looking for more opportunities to use our bio-based natural fibre composite technologies at the highest level of motorsports together with McLaren Racing.
“Our mission to ‘set the standard for high performance in sport’ applies to sustainability as much as it applies to our on-track performance.” – Kim Wilson, Director of Sustainability, McLaren Racing