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McLaren company wins ECU bid

MES factoryMcLaren Electronic Systems, an independent developer within McLaren's group of companies, is behind the successful bid with Microsoft to supply ECUs in Formula One from 2008, autosport.com can reveal.

Although the exact identity of the 'Microsoft MES' company that was announced by the FIA yesterday was unclear, sources have confirmed that the firm involved with Microsoft is McLaren Electronic Systems.

The company has been an independent developer of systems for more than 15 years, and supplies all the current competitors in F1 with different products.

Although MES shares its name with McLaren, and operates from the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, there are no direct links between it and the Formula One team.

MES's company statement claims: "McLaren Electronic Systems is an independent company of the McLaren Group of Companies. It is a leading exponent of the group's technical prowess and design philosophy.

"Its goal is to provide the automotive electronics customer with a complete range of products that are reliable, yet at the very limits of technology.

"Our reputation is built on a record of success obtained through our constant pursuit of excellence. McLaren Electronic Systems aims to become the world's premier supplier of advanced automotive control and development support systems where small to medium quantities are required."

MES supplies engine and chassis control units in all categories of motor racing, including F1, the World Rally Championship and sportscars.

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