But there's more work to be done before it's ready to deliver carbon parts

McLaren Automotive has been handed the keys to its new Composites Technology Centre (MCTC) in Yorkshire, where it will eventually manufacture the carbon tubs central to its range of sports-, super- and super-sports cars.

According to the company, its new facility will make more efficient the manufacturing process for its light, strong MonoCage and MonoCell chassis – once it's outfitted with the right hardware, naturally.

"Getting the key to the building that will house the McLaren Composites Technology Centre is a major milestone for us and the next chapter in our growth as a young, ambitious, innovative company," said Ruth Nic Aoidh, McLaren Automotive executive director for commercial and legal.

“It’s also an important day for all of the many individuals, organisations and suppliers who have supported and shared our ambitious plan to make the Sheffield region home to McLaren’s second production facility,"

“Over the coming months the Centre will be fitted out with the production equipment we need to become fully operational next year and support hundreds of skilled jobs,” she added.

At the moment, there are 45 people working at the new MCTC, but it'll eventually house a team of about 200. Once the carbon tubs produced in Yorkshire are finished, they'll be transferred to Woking for final assembly at the main McLaren Technology Centre.

McLaren has put carbon-fibre at the core of its appeal since launching the MP4-12C. All its cars, from the 'entry-level' 540C to the range-topping, eye-popping Senna and P1, are built around a carbon passenger cell.