A British Formula One Grand Prix team will be applying technical know-how to win GB medals

A leading British Grand Prix team is to supply Formula 1-style technology to British coaches and athletes in their quest for medals at World and European Championships as well as future Summer and Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

McLaren Applied Technologies has announced its involvement in a not for profit partnership with UK Sport, English Institute for Sport, Scottish Institute for Sport and key GB medal winning sports, including sailing.

McLaren Applied Technologies will provide instrumentation, telemetry, modelling, simulation and other technical advice to the RYA as well as sports such as cycling, canoeing, and rowing.

Potential medalists will benefit from cutting-edge electronic technology that has been pioneered on the racetracks of the world, and used by world champion Lewis Hamilton and the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 team.

Great Britain won 47 medals, including six for sailing, at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 102 at the Paralympics – the country’s greatest medal haul in 100 years.

Stephen Park, Olympic Manager for the Royal Yachting Association, said: “Skandia Team GBR can learn a great deal from McLaren Applied Technologies. Their knowledge of advanced instrumentation, telemetry and simulators is second to none and we’re really excited about the future potential of this partnership.”

Dr Caroline Hargrove, Project Manager for McLaren Applied Technologies, added: “As a British company, it’s absolutely fantastic to be able to use our skills and expertise to help a future generation of athletes to achieve their very best.”