McLaren Automotive, Lockheed Martin Skunk Works to explore futuristic design methods

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McLaren Automotive has announced that it will team up with Lockheed Martin Skunk Works to explore futuristic design methods for automobiles.


  • For what industry was the new Skunk Works design system initially developed for?

    Per McLaren, the new Skunk Works design system was initially developed for the aviation industry.
  • What do the scientists and engineers from McLaren and Lockheed aim to achieve in this project?

    According to McLaren, scientists and engineers from the automotive brand and Lockheed aim to use this cutting-edge technology for commercially designing cars.
  • According to the British luxury supercar and hypercar maker, the project will focus on using a new Skunk Works design system — developed for the world of aviation — for designing high-performance and cutting-edge cars. The pioneering software, McLaren added, sets the parameters for high-speed systems more accurately and swiftly than traditional design methods.

    Scientists and engineers from McLaren will work alongside counterparts at Skunk Works to test and explore how this cutting-edge technology could be employed commercially in the automotive design world.

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    “McLaren is a pioneering company that has always pushed boundaries and sought out new innovative and disruptive solutions to making the ultimate supercars. Working alongside an iconic company such as Lockheed Martin Skunk Works, renowned for its visionary focus on the future, is a natural fit. We hope this is the start of a longer and deeper collaboration that will benefit our customers in the long term,” said McLaren Automotive Chief Technical Officer Darren Goddard.

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