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New partnership with McLaren supercars puts Bowers & Wilkins audio in the driving seat

A bright blue McLaren Artura Navarra speeds along an open road

High-end Hi-Fi outfit Bowers & Wilkins and luxury supercar maker McLaren Automotive have announced a strategic long-term multi-year partnership that sees Bowers & Wilkins become McLaren’s Official Audio Partner.

The pair are no strangers. Bowers & Wilkins has been responsible for the development of the high-performance audio systems found in the marque’s supercars and hypercars since 2015.  

The audio specialist shares much in common with its partner; both companies were shaped early on by the vision of a single founder, John Bowers for Bowers & Wilkins, and Bruce McLaren for McLaren. Today both are known for their peerless execution and attention to detail.

McLaren’s latest supercars all feature speaker technologies developed in Southwater, home to the Bowers & Wilkins research and development team since 2019, and conveniently only 30 miles away from the McLaren global HQ.

The technical and design collaboration between Mclaren and Bowers & Wilkins has already been recognised with two iF design awards…

Close up on a Bowers & Wilkins speaker system in the door of a McLaren supercar
Bowers & Wilkins in-care sound systems have won two IF design awards

Notable integration landmarks have included Bowers & Wilkins yellow Aramid Fibre cones, Rohacell subwoofers, Diamond dome tweeters, dual-opposed subwoofers and most recently the brand’s proprietary Continuum cone. 

The technical and design collaboration has already been recognised with two iF design awards for the Hi-Fi system integration in both McLaren’s Speedtail and GT models.

The latest innovation is a subwoofer integrated into McLaren’s in-house designed and manufactured McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture carbon fibre monocoque, ensuring a stiff mounting surface, for better sound.

“McLaren and Bowers & Wilkins were both founded by similarly minded technical visionaries who always pushed the boundaries of what is possible to create innovative products and experiences,” said Gareth Dunsmore, Chief Marketing Officer, McLaren Automotive.

“We are delighted to be announcing our partnership which builds on the award-winning technical collaboration between our two companies and I’m looking forward to exploring what exciting innovations and products our shared values will create next.”

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Creator of Home Cinema Choice magazine, and editor of The Luxe Review, Steve muses and reviews for Trusted Reviews, T3, Yahoo UK, Home Cinema Choice, Games Radar, Ideal Home, Louder Sounds, Channel News and Boat International. He’s also the editor of professional home cinema website Inside CI. He's on Twitter and Instagram as @SteveMay_UK

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