Posted on January 31, 2018 by staff

F1 giant McLaren boosted by tech partnership


Formula 1 giant McLaren has been given a boost after securing a partnership with a performance-enhancing tech firm.

The multi-year agreement with wireless communications giant Airgain will enhance the McLaren team’s wireless connectivity capabilities, aiding its performance both on and off the track.

Nasdaq-listed Airgain will use Formula 1 as the test bed to drive technological advancement within the transport sector.

The partnership extends into the McLaren Applied Technologies and McLaren Automotive businesses as the two organisations explore the co-creation of wireless connectivity solutions.

Airgain will also contribute to the performance of McLaren F1 Team through integrating technology on-car, off-car and at the McLaren Technology Centre.

“McLaren has a proven record of successfully applying its technologies to real-world business situations across a range of sectors,” said Airgain CEO and president Chuck Myers. “This partnership forms a pivotal part of our growth and expansion strategy.

“Our expertise will help the McLaren team enhance its wireless connectivity capabilities, aiding its performance both on and off the track. Utilising the platform we have created with McLaren, we will co-develop engineering solutions to solve the challenges of tomorrow.”

Zak Brown, executive director, McLaren Technology Group, added: “Airgain is a new brand to Formula 1 so we’re delighted they have chosen to partner with McLaren. The technology being pioneered by Airgain is leading the way in high performance wireless connectivity, both in the automotive industry and the enterprise and home environments.

“Airgain already partners with and supplies some of the world’s largest blue chip brands. Its pedigree in the design and integration of high performance embedded antenna technology will produce real performance benefits, both on and off the track, for McLaren and Airgain.”