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Off to McLaren

AN engineering student from the University of Auckland has been awarded an international internship with McLaren Automotive.

Following in the footsteps of the company’s founder Bruce McLaren, Thomas Evans has been chosen as the second recipient of the Bruce McLaren International Internship.

Evans will spend around nine weeks at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, England where he will work alongside the company’s research and development engineers, as well as gaining an understanding of other key areas of the business.

Born in Southampton, England, Thomas grew up and was raised in Whangaparaoa, north of Auckland, where he attended Wentworth College.

Thomas is now in his penultimate year of a Bachelor of Engineering degree at the Faculty of Engineering where he is studying engineering science.

Since he began studying, he has been involved with a group of engineering students at the university who design and manufacture a single-seater race car every year. His academic studies have explored automotive design and he is passionate about motorsport — a perfect fit for McLaren.

“I’m honoured to have been chosen to be the second recipient of the Bruce McLaren International Internship,” he said.

“Automotive engineering is a field that is very hard to get into, so to get an opportunity like this with McLaren is amazing and not something I ever dared dream would be possible. I am excited to get to McLaren, meet the people and get started!”

Nearly 60 years ago, Bruce McLaren travelled a similar path to England on a ‘‘Driver to Europe’’ scholarship to pursue his motorsport aspirations before founding his own racing company, Bruce McLaren Racing, in 1963.

Born in Auckland, Bruce McLaren studied at Seddon Technical College, later part of Auckland University, and was an accomplished engineer and innovator as well as a successful racing driver.

Commenting on the internship, Amanda McLaren, Bruce’s daughter and brand ambassador for McLaren Automotive said: “It’s a great honour to have an international internship named after my father and I’m grateful to both McLaren Automotive and the University of Auckland, where my father studied, for supporting and making this happen to benefit young engineering talent.

“I know my father would be very proud of what McLaren has become as we now build some of the world’s most iconic sportscars and supercars. I’m sure he would be equally proud of the internship.”


Thomas Evans, Bruce McLaren International Internship winner. McLaren photo