Bruce McLaren Awarded Posthumous Honorary Degree From University of Auckland
The University of Auckland posthumously awarded Bruce McLaren, motorsport legend and founder of the esteemed car company bearing his name, an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree, commemorating his significant contributions to engineering. The ceremony, held at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, England, coincides with the 60th anniversary of the company’s founding. Bruce’s daughter, Amanda McLaren, accepted the honor.
Bruce, a pioneering engineer and racing driver, achieved numerous milestones, including being the youngest winner of a Formula 1 World Championship grand prix at 22. Tragically, he lost his life in 1970 while testing one of his Can-Am racing cars. His legacy lives on through McLaren, now a globally respected racing and automotive brand, producing lightweight carbon fiber supercars and competing internationally in various motorsport categories.
In recognition of his vision, the University of Auckland plans to establish the Bruce McLaren Centre for High Performance Engineering. This research center will focus on integrating high-performance materials, advanced manufacturing, and innovative design, ensuring a prosperous and sustainable future, honoring Bruce’s enduring impact on engineering excellence.
The University of Auckland upholds a robust connection with McLaren via the Bruce McLaren engineering scholarships. These donor-supported awards offer Faculty of Engineering students a three-month internship opportunity at the supercar company. Recently, the program expanded to include the Racing team, providing students with valuable industry experience. This scholarship proves to be a great potential in propelling students toward success. A notable example is Lizzy Grant, a former Bruce McLaren engineering scholar and University alumna, now employed at the company, contributing to the development of battery technology for McLaren’s electrified powertrains.