McLaren to use Divergent Additive Manufacturing for next-generation chassis components

July 5, 2024

McLaren plans to use Divergent’s Additive Manufacturing technology to produce chassis components for its next-generation of supercars (Courtesy McLaren Automotive)
McLaren plans to use Divergent’s Additive Manufacturing technology to produce chassis components for its next-generation of supercars (Courtesy McLaren Automotive)

McLaren Automotive, based in Woking, UK, has announced a multi-year collaboration with Divergent Technologies, Inc, located in Torrance, California, USA, that will see Additive Manufacturing used to produce chassis components for its next-generation supercars. The technology will allow McLaren to integrate new and more complex designs into its vehicle architecture, enhancing vehicle performance, sustainability, and production efficiency.

Divergent has developed the Divergent Adaptive Production System (DAPS), a complete software-hardware solution using AI-driven generative design software and Additive Manufacturing to replace traditional vehicle manufacturing techniques.

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“We’re excited to work with Divergent who, like McLaren, have demonstrated a commitment to manufacturing and engineering innovation,” stated Michael Leiters, CEO, McLaren Automotive. “This technology will help us to further reduce weight in our complex structures, which will ultimately benefit the driving experience of our customers and support McLaren’s mission to push the boundaries of performance.”

Initially, McLaren Automotive will utilise DAPS to additively manufacture chassis components, allowing the company to further reduce weight and improve dynamic performance – all areas seen as ‘core to the McLaren DNA.’

Kevin Czinger, CEO, Divergent, added, “Our collaboration speaks to McLaren’s commitment to adopting the highest performance technology to push the envelope on customer experience. DAPS offers automotive manufacturers the means to harness computing power to deliver fully optimised, digitally manufactured structures with unparalleled design freedom.”

Read more about Divergent Technologies and its use in the development and production of the Czinger 21C hypercar in our exclusive article:

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