Rapid 5-axis installation

01 April 2021

YAMAZAKI MAZAK has helped the McLaren Formula 1 team step up its preparations for the 2021 season by supplying and commissioning a brand new fully-simultaneous 5-axis machining centre in just four weeks.

The new machine, an INTEGREX i-100S Multi-Tasking machining centre, was ordered in December 2020 and became fully operational at McLaren’s Technology Centre in Surrey at the end of the same month.  

The installation is the latest step in the Formula 1 team’s partnership with Mazak, which now stands at in excess of twenty years, and takes the total number of Mazak machines currently used by McLaren to 28.

The i-100S benefits from a compact, ergonomic design complete with a large machining envelope. It is capable of machining both round and square workpieces up to ⌀500mm and 854mm in length from raw material with just one set-up, one machine and one operator. 

Its versatility will enable it to be used for the manufacture of a variety of parts including those used within the suspension, transmission and engine systems, as well as general car system components.

Alan Mucklow, managing director UK & Ireland sales & service division at Yamazaki Mazak, commented: “McLaren Racing has long held a special significance at Yamazaki Mazak. When the team approached us with a time-sensitive situation, we were determined to meet the challenge head-on. The desire to help deliver incremental change in a competitive sport reliant on fine margins remains as strong as ever, and I hope the speed of which we were able to deliver our latest machine will stand the team in good stead. The INTEGREX i-100S is every inch the modern, versatile and flexible machining centre, delivering fully-simultaneous 5-axis technology from a compact footprint. I have no doubt that it will help the McLaren team to continue its quest for excellence.”