McLaren is opening a new Carbon Composites Technology Center in Sheffield, United Kingdom. A ceremony held for the event was kicked off by having a McLaren Senna perform donuts at the facility, in which it was then accompanied by a McLaren MP4/5 Formula 1 race car from 1989.

The dramatic occasion is somewhat fitting, given that this is the first facility outside of the automaker's hometown of Surrey. Sheffield is no stranger to McLaren however. the town has 40 employees working out of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Center at the University of Sheffield. They've been researching a lightweight carbon-fiber monocoque for the company's sports cars.

Once the facility gets up and running, it will employ around 200 people. This expansion is on track with their Track22 plan, which is looking to implement hybrid powertrains in at least half of their vehicles by the year 2022.

The McLaren Senna is the most recent addition to the Ultimate Series line. It brandishes a Monocage III carbon-fiber monocoque that drops its weight under 3,000 lbs, and is powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 capable of 789 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. All of this controlled by a seven-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission.