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McLaren rubbishes BMW F1 collaboration claim

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03/02/2017

At a time when fake news is said to have swung elections and referenda spare a thought for those whose businesses could be severely damaged by such practices.

Earlier this week, McLaren Automotive announced a strategic project, in partnership with BMW and others, to design and develop technology for the next generation of powertrains.

Lo and behold, it is now being suggested that this could herald a return to F1 for the German manufacturer while at the same time offering the McLaren F1 team an alternative to Honda.

"McLaren's long-standing and close relationship with Honda on our Formula 1 project remains completely unaffected by the announcement of a consortium involved in supporting the development of next-generation technology to be used in our successful road car business," bristled a McLaren spokesman when we brought the media report to his attention.

"Honda and McLaren have concluded that jointly improving our competitiveness in Formula 1 remains our prime focus together."

So, in order to clarify the situation: This is not a McLaren-BMW collaboration; it is McLaren Automotive - not McLaren Racing, which runs the McLaren-Honda Formula 1 team - in a consortium with a number of companies of which BMW is one. McLaren Racing and Honda remain utterly committed to each other in a joint Formula 1 project.

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1. Posted by Spindoctor, 05/02/2017 12:09 (moderated by an Adminstrator, 05/02/2017 12:26)

"@NS Biker
Sorry, but I read the reports of the Engine collaboration and it never entered my head that there was any link to F1. Admittedly I'm somewhat of a technology junkie and long-time F1 fan and slightly better informed than Joe Public, but I thought it was pretty clear that this is about Road Cars, NOT F1.

Having said that it doesn't surprise me at all that as soon as this was released the Fake News started spreading. A story about a load of high Tech companies co-operating on improving engine efficiency garners few click-throughs (Clicks-through?), but chicanery and bad-blood between Honda & McLaren is just the ticket to whet the Public's sensationalist appetites.

Denying this kind of nonsense is completely counter-productive in the current atmosphere; where everything is rooted in various levels of 'Games of Thrones'-ish conspiracy and therefore to deny is to lie..... Welcome to the Universe of Alternative Facts."

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2. Posted by NS Biker, 04/02/2017 16:51

"McLaren deserves all the derision that this has generated.
When I read the initial release of the info, my jump was immediately to F1 and Honda. Knowing that this was too good to be true, digging a little deeper pretty much, but not completely, confirmed my suspicion.
For McLaren not to preemptively, clearly and completely, kibosh this train of though shows that someone (or is it everyone.?) on their end really has no comprehension or understanding of how the public and the F1 world sees and interprets information. That is unless this was the desired goal.? Just might be.
Unfortunately, myopic press and information releases are what keeps the whole internet world buzzing and the PR guys working nights and weekends. Bring it on......"

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