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McLaren to trial F1 game-changer at United States GP

The trial could revolutionise manufacturing in F1.

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McLaren will trial the use of 'cutting edge' recycled carbon fibre on its car at the United States Grand Prix.

The Woking-based outfit arrives at the Circuit of the Americas hoping to build on a strong weekend in Qatar where Oscar Piastri claimed victory in the Sprint before Lando Norris joined him on the podium in the main race.

Working together with V Carbon, an innovative composites organisation, McLaren has sourced materials to create 'first-of-their-kind' components that will be used on the cockpit branding panels.

It is a step in the team's target of developing a 'fully circular F1 car' by the end of the decade - in line with the sport's own goal - and brings astounding benefits.

If just one per cent of carbon fibre manufactured across the world last year was recycled carbon fibre, 32,535 tonnes of carbon emissions would have been saved - equivalent to half of McLaren's total emissions across the year.

Potential future is exciting

“We're proud to team up with V Carbon to lead the charge in sustainable materials, running with recycled carbon fibre at the Austin GP," said Piers Thynne, McLaren Chief Operating Officer.

"The potential future applications of rCF are hugely exciting.

"V Carbon offers up to 85% of carbon fibre original strength, making it strong enough for a variety of applications in F1, and beyond.

"We will continue to work closely with the FIA, F1 and fellow teams to help accelerate change."

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