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McLaren announces new supplier

Team McLaren Mercedes is pleased to confirm that it will run with dampers provided by KONI during the 2007 Formula 1 World Championship season. The announcement marks the start of a long-term relationship that sees KONI become ...

Team McLaren Mercedes is pleased to confirm that it will run with dampers provided by KONI during the 2007 Formula 1 World Championship season. The announcement marks the start of a long-term relationship that sees KONI become Official Supplier of Automotive Dampers to Vodafone McLaren Mercedes.

"We  are  delighted  that KONI is joining our world class group of Official
Suppliers  by  working  with  us  to  integrate what we believe is the next
generation  in  damping  technology  to our race car," said Jonathan Neale,
Managing  Director, McLaren Racing.

"We have been running with KONI dampers since the San Marino Grand Prix in the 2006 season, and there has been a focus in our test program on collaborative development between ourselves and KONI with regards to FSD dampers. We are looking forward to continuing this relationship into the 2007 Championship."

"I'm  very  pleased  about  our  Official  Supplier  position with Vodafone
McLaren  Mercedes  in  2007,"  said  Henk  Kromhout,  Marketing  and  Sales
Director,  KONI  Worldwide. "Even though KONI has been an official supplier
to  Formula One racing since 1958, each person in Formula 1 recognizes that
Team  McLaren  Mercedes  forms  a league of its own."

"Team McLaren Mercedes' engagement in the joint development of our breakthrough suspension technology FSD, has been inspiring and our engineering teams have made such impressive progress during the last 6 months, that we expect FSD to be a major differentiator. At the start of the 2007 season KONI will have been in business for 150 years and is looking forward to challenging for victory with Vodafone McLaren Mercedes in this season of our anniversary."

-credit: mclaren

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