McLaren’s experts in carbon-fibre technology have spent the past nine months collaborating with Specialized, the US company that supplies bikes to Cavendish’s HTC-Highroad team.
The result is this – The S-Works McLaren Venge is intended to be lighter, stiffer and more aerodynamically efficient than its rivals; and costs $14,000.
It’s not the first time a Formula One team has got involved in cycling, as Lotus created the revolutionary bike that Chris Boardman rode to Olympic gold in the 4,000 metres individual pursuit event in Barcelona in 1992.
Both S-Works Venge and McLaren Venge frames were created by Specialized using computer aided design and wind tunnel tests, though the latter utilises the Formula One team’s Applied Technologies division and its experience in composite technology.
The S-Specialized + McLaren Venge made its debut at the classic Milan-San Remo race this past weekend, where 2009 Tour de France winner Mark Cavendish rode it to finish a respectable 52nd out of the 156 cyclists who actually completed the race.