McLaren is a sports car company that plays by its own British rules. The company is still independently owned in 2011, they made their first road car since the F1 was first produced (the Mp4-12c), then followed up with a respectable list of high-performance cars over the past 4 years. They jumped straight back into things and made a hybrid hypercar. They have an amazing facility, as seen in the film Apex , that looks like a futuristic science lab. While McLaren does amazing things on its own accord, all of this cost money.
You may remember back in late September, the car world was set ablaze by rumors that Apple was in talks to buy McLaren. By that afternoon those rumors were shut down. The official, on the record, statement was “We can confirm that McLaren is not in discussion with Apple in respect of any potential investment,” The financial times who reported the story stuck by it through and through
Obviously we stand by our story despite McLaren's statement. https://t.co/MalTHATZdM— Tim Bradshaw (@tim) September 21, 2016
By the next day, the news was no big deal, and everyone had forgotten about the theoretical world where Tim Cook got his hands on the supercar maker.
Until now that is…
In an interview with Reuters on November 19 on the state of shareholders and future financial plans Chief executive Mike Flewwit had this to say
"There wasn't a bid from Apple, They visited. We talked. We talked about what they did. We talked about what we did. They toured. It never matured to a definitive proposition,"
"I am comfortable with where our current shareholders are that they want to retain ownership of the company ... They want to develop both companies. I genuinely believe they are very committed to them,” (both companies being McLaren the formula one team, and McLaren automotive)
What this means exactly is not 100% clear. It is, however, worth noting that Ron Dennis recently ended his 35 year tenure at the company. Also worth noting is the fact that Apple paid $3.2 billion dollars for the headphone company Beats. While anyone buying McLaren might not be what enthusiast want to hear, let’s be optimistic for a second. Apple has capital and knows how to market things. A laissez-faire approach to this, where they boost McLaren with money, and use their knowledge to build Apple cars could prove beneficial to both. If the two don’t crossbreed too much, it wouldn’t hurt, and could pave the way for more mergers. Who knows what the future holds. I’m all for independent car companies that answer to no one, but right now McLaren finds itself in a situation resembling the quote from the Dark Knight You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.