Confused? Us too. Recently, Autocar reported that Audi had purchased McLaren Group according to their anonymous source. Prior, McLaren Group, which owns both the McLaren Formula One team and the supercar division, was owned by the sovereign wealth fund of Bahrain.
But wait, McLaren themselves are saying that the report is wrong. The auto company issued a statement to Autocar saying that the claim was “wholly inaccurate.”
“McLaren’s technology strategy has always involved ongoing discussions and collaboration with relevant partners and suppliers, including other carmakers, however, there has been no change in the ownership structure of the McLaren Group.”
It’s not clear how this happened exactly. Major news like that would generally be met with skepticism. Their source must have been fairly trustworthy for them to go with it. That only makes it worse that they were wrong.
Or maybe McLaren is lying. Maybe talks of a buyout are happening, but not officially yet. A company dismissing a claim, only to prove it right later, happens all the time.
Nothing is terribly clear. So for the time being, let’s assume the source was wrong and Audi did not buy McLaren.