McLaren confirms Apple talks but reveals no bid was made

September reports of Apple's interest in McLaren were accurate, but never progressed beyond talks

McLaren has revealed that it did hold talks with Apple regarding a takeover or a strategic investment, but no bid was ever tabled.

It follow reports in September suggesting Apple’s interest in a bold takeover bid for the British supercar maker and Formula 1 team, stoked by an online story attributing sources close to the brand.

At the time a spokesperson for McLaren denied any potential takeover by Apple, but now a McLaren executive has confirmed that the reports were accurate.

Speaking to Reuters, McLaren Automotive chief executive Mike Flewitt revealed that Apple visited McLaren for talks, but there was never any bid from the Cupertino based tech giant.

Best supercars on sale right now

“They visited. We talked. We talked about what they did. We talked about what we did. They toured. It never matured into a definitive proposition,” he said. 

Flewitt also confirmed that a “number of bids” from various parties for McLaren have been turned down in the past.

Apple is responsible for some of the world’s most popular personal technology items such as iPhones, iPads and Mac computers. It has long been rumoured that the company is interested in entering the motor industry with a self-driving electric car, but more recent whispers have hinted that Apple is actually scaling back its automotive presence.  

Apple CarPlay review

In recent months Apple has lost several key employees, many of which were said to have been working closely on the EV project. Online speculation since their departure has hinted at Apple changing tack by focussing its efforts on the internal systems required to power and run an autonomous car, rather than manufacturing the vehicle outright.

Earlier this year, Apple hired ex-Tesla exec Chris Porritt to oversee its ‘special projects’ division. This was presumed to include the forthcoming Apple Car, though news and rumours of ‘Project Titan’ have since died down. Apple was also rumoured to be in talks with BMW and Mercedes.

Apple’s vision for a self-driving electric vehicle is – of course – at odds with McLaren’s driver focused supercars. However, McLaren’s Applied Technologies Group, which supplies extensive electronics expertise to the brand’s Formula 1 team and third parties may have been of interest. 

Should technology companies be more involved in the automotive industry? Let us know below...

Recommended

New McLaren V6 hybrid supercar unveiled in patent drawings
McLaren

New McLaren V6 hybrid supercar unveiled in patent drawings

Design patent for upcoming 570S replacement, revealing the new McLaren V6 Hybrid supercar's look in full
20 Oct 2020
Gulf-liveried McLaren Elva unveiled for Goodwood SpeedWeek
McLaren

Gulf-liveried McLaren Elva unveiled for Goodwood SpeedWeek

McLaren Elva has just renewed its partnership with Gulf Oil – so to mark the occasion, the brand has painted its most striking car in an iconic livery…
16 Oct 2020
New 2020 McLaren 765LT: price and specs confirmed
McLaren 765LT

New 2020 McLaren 765LT: price and specs confirmed

McLaren 765LT is the latest Super Series flagship has an output of 755bhp and a starting price of £280,000 – but every example has already been sold
24 Sep 2020
McLaren looks to sell Woking HQ for £200 million
News

McLaren looks to sell Woking HQ for £200 million

Iconic Norman Foster designed McLaren base to be sold and leased back to the company as part of cash-raising measures
12 Sep 2020

Most Popular

Honda axes diesel power in the UK
Honda

Honda axes diesel power in the UK

Honda has quietly phased-out its diesel-powered models in Britain
19 Oct 2020
Renault could cut UK models in no deal Brexit profit drive
News

Renault could cut UK models in no deal Brexit profit drive

Renault’s new CEO says the firm is examining the possibility of reducing the range of models it offers to UK buyers as it aims to boost profitability
20 Oct 2020
SSC Tuatara claims title of world’s fastest production car with 331mph run
Performance cars

SSC Tuatara claims title of world’s fastest production car with 331mph run

1,750bhp SSC Tuatara knocks Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ off its perch with astonishing two-way top speed attack
19 Oct 2020