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Reviews topic Sustainability: McLaren builds Prunk Motorhome around

14:05  16 april  2021
14:05  16 april  2021 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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of the McLaren Rennstall has a new home in the paddock at the second race weekend in Imola, a new motorhome. However, this is only a transitional solution, because the iconic " Brand Center " is currently being renovated and modernized in the sense of sustainability.

Since the 2007 season, the three-storey, almost completely glazed buildings are hardly indispensable from the royal class Paddock. The 13.5 meter high solar glass façade on the front shielded the traditional team from the temple to the outside.

The Motorhome has so far had a kitchen, a catering area, meeting rooms, driver rooms and offices for marketing and media work. In order to perform more sustainable in the future, the well-known motorhome is now reduced.

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For a long time, the elaborate logistics and the transport of the motorhomes throughout Europe are a mandrel in the eye of those who stand for a climate-neutral formula 1. The teams react to the requirements of the present and want to reduce their transport costs and CO2 emissions . Therefore,

McLaren has decided to renovate the Motorhome, rather than build a completely new palace. The "Brand Center" is newly set up and clearly reduced in its size.

The recycled home of the British team will return to the paddock on the edge of the Grand Prix of Monaco in May - then under a new name. Instead of having to use 17 trucks for transport until so far, only eight are needed for this.

"I do not want to go into detail, but a focus was very clear to have a solution for us for the future, which is much more sustainable, as far as the transportation, construction and use are concerned," explains team boss Andreas Seidl. "The clear goal was a more sustainable solution."

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until the revised motorhome is used again on the racetrack, McLaren uses a transition solution from the Grand Prix of the Emilia Romagna.

For a long time, an trend is recognizable from the once very extravagant splendor structures in the Paddock.

Due to the pandemic, the debate around the Motorhomes in the previous year has aggravated . Even Formula 1 sports chief Ross Brawn has publicly questioned its authorization. Even their abolition was in the room , at least the "palaces" in the future should be logistically less expensive.

An alternative to engine homes would be permanent structures at the racetracks that can be rented - as in some overseas races already usual. "We would very much support such a solution in the future," says Seidl. Anyway, the topic is not off the table.

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