First came Paragon, the terrifically high-tech McLaren Technology Center that is the corporate and production HQ for Ron Dennis' various company interests. Now, Dennis is planning a McLaren Production Center (MPC) that will engineer and build "McLaren Automotive's range of innovative high-performance sports cars from 2011."

Speaking of the need for in-house production, Ron Dennis said "It would be easy enough to consider building McLaren sports cars in existing productive and experienced foreign factories.... However, McLaren is a great British company founded over 40 years ago that should, in my view, continue to design and build our own products."

A planning permission application was submitted this week. If approved, the MPC would sit next to Paragon and employ 800 people who could churn out 20 McLaren sports cars, like the P11, each day. As with Paragon, it would is expected to be designed by the firm of Fosters+Partners and employ some of the same environmental principles, with site landscaping and building placement aimed at minimizing visual impact.

[Source: F1SA]