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McLaren branch out into Rugby Union and Tour de France // The technology company starts using their F1 knowledge

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McLaren branch out into Rugby Union and Tour de France
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Sister company to the F1 team, McLaren Applied Technologies has been branching out and using their Formula One expertise in non-motorsport ventures. The outfit have teamed up with the England Rugby Union team coaches to assist with training and playing decisions. Together, they’ve developed a solution which will help to improve performance - specifically in the areas of managing fitness and injury, plus making strategy and training decisions.

MAT also had some success in the Tour de France recently, as a bike co-designed by them won the green jersey after the event was complete. The accolade, for picking up the most points throughout the Tour went to the Specialized Bicycle Components outfit, who partnered MAT for their carbon fibre knowledge.

McLaren were the team to first bring lightweight carbon fibre to the F1 grid, and now they’ve expanded to the road as well. Brad Paquin, engineer at Specialized said: “We paid no attention to the typical limiting factors and focused solely on producing the most advanced bike possible - Formula 1 style!”