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McLaren delivers record number of supercars

McLaren Automotive, the new kid on the supercar block, delivered a record number of cars in 2015 and is on track to deliver even more in 2016 with the launch of a new lower-priced model.

McLaren said it delivered 1,654 cars in 2015, slightly more than the 1,648 in 2014. Yet the big ramp up for McLaren, which only began regular production in 2010, will likely be in 2016 as the company delivers the 570S.

The 570S, a high-speed supercar with a lower price, was unveiled in 2015, but the first deliveries to customers only started at the end of the year.

McLaren 650S Spider
Source: McLaren
McLaren 650S Spider

McLaren said it has a six-month waiting list for the 570S, which has a starting sticker price of $185,000. By 2017, the company said the Sports Series, which includes the 570S and other lower-priced models, will account for two thirds of sales volume.

The results show that McLaren is giving traditional sports-car companies like Ferrari, Porsche and Lamborghini a run for their money and that global demand for cars priced at $150,000 or more remains strong.

"The team at McLaren, together with our retail partners, are creating and building the world's most desirable sports and supercars," said McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt.

The company said it has started a second shift and added 250 production workers to its manufacturing line in Woking, England, to accommodate the demand for the 570S.

The company also continues to make higher-priced, more limited models, like McLaren P1 GTR, which sells for more than $1 million. McLaren recently sold out of its 675 LT Coupe, which is designed for track racing and sells for over $340,000.

In December, the company delivered the last of its famed P1 models. Production of the $1 million-plus car was limited to 375 cars and 21 prototypes and preproduction models.