McLaren Racing's 2021 Formula 1 car will again feature AkzoNobel's high-performance coatings, following an extension to the long-standing partnership which debuted in 2008. As Official Paints and Coatings Partner, AkzoNobel is providing its Sikkens vehicle refinish products for all painted parts of the MCL35M, as well as the team's transport, garage, and accessories. In addition, the company's Marine and Protective Coatings business is also supplying Intertherm 50 heat-shielding from its International product range for critical components surrounding the engine and exhaust.
"We're very proud to extend our successful partnership with McLaren Racing, which is driven by collaboration, innovation and the pursuit of high performance," said Patrick Bourguignon, director of AkzoNobel's Automotive and Specialty Coatings business. "The McLaren F1 team's spirit and dedication to success inspires us in our endeavor to continue delivering the best products and services to all our customers."
"A partnership that has spanned over a decade, AkzoNobel's passion to continue to explore and innovate aligns directly with our team," said Mark Waller, chief commercial officer, McLaren Racing. "We are delighted to continue our partnership and the development of outstanding innovation through AkzoNobel's paints and coatings products to help further our race cars' performance on track."
Scientists and technicians at McLaren Racing and AkzoNobel have been working together for over a decade, with the partnership having been extended in 2012 to include McLaren Automotive. As well as helping to accelerate innovation in coatings technology and color development, the collaboration has also paved the way for future exploration of new opportunities. The first Grand Prix is due to take place in Bahrain on March 28.