Nashville, Tennessee — McLaren Racing’s 2021 Formula 1 car will feature AkzoNobel’s high-performance coatings in an extension to the partnership established in 2008.
As McLaren Racing’s 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 inspire us in our endeavour to continue delivering the best products and services to all our customers.”
Scientists and technicians at McLaren Racing and AkzoNobel have been working together for well over a decade now, with the partnership having been extended in 2012 to include McLaren Automotive. As well as helping to accelerate innovation in coatings technology and colour development, the collaboration has also paved the way for future exploration of new opportunities.
“We’re all extremely enthusiastic to see our Sikkens and International coatings in action on the MCL35M this season and can’t wait for the scheduled return of F1 racing to the Netherlands in September,” said Bourguignon.
Testing for the new season is due to start on March 12, while the first Grand Prix is due to take place in Bahrain on March 28.