A report in the Financial Times claims that Apple is negotiating a possible purchase of McLaren Technology Group. Why would Apple be interested in a company that fields a Formula One racing team? Odds are, Apple is not thinking of getting involved in motorsports. But McLaren Technology Group is involved in lots of other things that could put a gleam in Tim Cook’s eye.
Like many top tier race teams, McLaren has leveraged its technical prowess to branch out into other areas of endeavor, like carbon fiber construction techniques and data collection technology. Formula One generates massive amounts of data about all aspects of a race car, from aerodynamic downforce to managing the complex relationship between the turbocharged engine, the onboard electric motor and its battery, regenerative braking, and the MGU-H — a device that turns engine heat into electricity.