The McLaren Group has confirmed that Canadian businessman Michael Latifi - the father of F2 racer and Force India junior Nicholas Latifi - has become a significant shareholder of the company.
McLaren did not disclose the stake acquired by Latifi, the first new McLaren investor since the departure of former chairman Ron Dennis at the end of 2016, but this weekend's reports suggested a cash injection of approximately £200 million destined to strengthen the group’s balance sheet and boost its ambitious growth plans.
"This injection of capital is a vote of confidence in our future strategy and the group remains as focused as ever in positioning for growth," said Shaikh Mohammed bin Essa Al Khalifa, McLaren Group Executive Chairman.
"We are delighted Michael Latifi has joined the McLaren family."
Michael Latifi commented:
"I have been an admirer of the McLaren brand and its businesses for some time.
"McLaren is a unique organisation in automotive, racing and technology with exciting long-term growth prospects, which is why I have made this investment.
"I am proud to be part of McLaren and this incredible brand."
As a reminder, the McLaren Group includes the McLaren Automotive, McLaren Racing and McLaren Applied Technologies companies.