Prince gets a feel for the magic of McLaren

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THE Duke of Cam­bridge Prince Wil­liam vis­ited McLaren on Tues­day for a tour of their Wok­ing HQ.

The fu­ture King was wel­comed by McLaren CEO Mike Fle­witt and met se­nior mem­bers of staff, in­clud­ing de­sign di­rec­tor Rob Melville and the team be­hind the 720S su­per­car.

He also spoke with ap­pren­tices Alex and Amina about their ex­pe­ri­ences work­ing for the leg­endary su­per­car firm.

Af­ter paus­ing to in­spect a dis­play of McLaren mod­els, in­clud­ing vin­tage rac­ers, cut­ting-edge F1 de­signs and a 720S made out of Lego, the Prince gave one lucky owner’s 720S the per­sonal touch – fix­ing the McLaren badge onto its bon­net.

He was as­sisted by pro­duc­tion man­ager Daniel John­son who, like the Duke, had served in the armed forces be­fore start­ing at McLaren.

Prince Wil­liam’s visit came af­ter he de­cided to in­crease his royal du­ties, hav­ing left his job as an air am­bu­lance pilot in East Anglia in July 2017.

McLaren, mean­while, has per­haps its best chance of a good F1 re­sult this sea­son at the week­end with the team head­ing off for the Sin­ga­pore Grand Prix.

Sin­ga­pore’s tight, twisty course might work to McLaren’s ben­e­fit, as the team’s Honda en­gine has strug­gled to com­pete in the power stakes this year.

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The Prince sees McLarem’s his­toric rac­ing cars

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