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Posted on May 22, 2013
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McLaren has picked up an accolade at the first annual European Awards for Innovation Leadership in recognition of its years of innovation of electronics and software for high impact industries.

Managing director of McLaren Electronic Systems (MESL) Peter van Manen attended the ceremony in Dublin to receive the High Performance Innovation Award.

MESL is the official engine control unit (ECU) supplier to the Formula 1 World Championship, Nascar Sprint Cup stock car series and IndyCar single-seater championship.

The company also supplies control and data systems to the automotive, aerospace, transport and healthcare markets.

Van Manen said: “McLaren has innovation in its DNA. We recognised the potential of high performance electronics in motorsport over 20 years ago and now apply that know-how to racing teams and engine makers across the world.

“We are also translating knowledge and technology to other sectors to help sick children, improve public transport systems and much more.

“I am hugely proud to receive this award on behalf of all my colleagues at McLaren and I hope that together the members of the Innovation Luminary Academy can serve to inspire future generations of innovators.”

The award follows the company’s success last month when it received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for its work in international trade.

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