McLaren Racing and Cisco extend partnership to drive innovation and hybrid experiences

Two Grands Prix in the current Formula 1 racing season have thrown surprises and encouragement at teams outside the current two grands, and as it aims to capitalize on such opportunities, McLaren Racing has announced a multi-year global partnership that expands the role from Cisco with the team.

McLaren Racing was founded by New Zealand racing driver Bruce McLaren in 1963. The team entered its first Formula 1 race in 1966 and has since won 20 Formula 1 World Championships, more than 180 Formula 1 Grands Prix, the 24 Le Mans Hours on his first attempt and the Indianapolis 500 three times.

The team is currently contesting the FIA ​​Formula 1 World Championship with Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. McLaren was the first F1 team to achieve carbon neutrality certification 10 years ago and has successfully retained the Carbon Trust Standard Award, most recently in February 2021.

The latest announcement builds on an existing relationship between McLaren Racing and Webex by Cisco, the official collaboration partner of the F1 team. Over the past year, Webex’s suite of cloud-based collaboration tools and technology solutions, such as Webex Hologram, have enabled McLaren to create virtual experiences that bring fans and partners closer to the action and enable immersive co-creation between engineers. designers, drivers and track teams from around the world.

The expanded partnership will see the two organizations deploy Cisco solutions, innovation and expertise to enhance McLaren’s technology infrastructure on race day and at team headquarters, as well as connect with fans around the world. Specifically, McLaren Racing will continue to use Webex to implement flexible and secure hybrid work environments, as it seeks to create more opportunities for fans around the world to connect with the team during the 2022 Formula 1 season.

In addition, McLaren will have Cisco’s full portfolio of solutions at its disposal: enterprise networking, Wi-Fi, digital signage, collaboration and more. Cisco will collaborate with McLaren to explore and test new and emerging technologies, including working to upgrade its wireless implementation on race day to Wi-Fi 6E to ensure fast and reliable communications between all team members. Wi-Fi 6E offers more than twice the bandwidth of Wi-Fi 6, the current standard solution, and is specifically designed to deliver reliable, secure and fast connectivity in remote and flexible locations.

The two firms will also continue to work together to develop the network technology infrastructure at the team’s Surrey headquarters, the McLaren Technology Centre. Cisco’s hybrid network solutions and DNA Spaces cloud-based service will enable the organization to optimize productivity.

“Cisco has been an incredible partner for McLaren Racing, and we are delighted to extend and grow this long-term relationship,” said Claire Cronin, McLaren Racing Marketing Director. “Webex technology is embedded throughout our team operations, helping us stay connected and agile with our people operating at a fast pace around the world. As we enter a new chapter of our partnership, we will continue to drive innovation with an expansion of the Cisco capabilities available to us.”

Cisco believes that its decade-long leadership in developing innovative and purpose-built solutions in the field of sports and entertainment will help McLaren in its quest for the competitive advantage needed to drive performance in Formula 1. The solutions and experience of the company have been used by sports facilities. and teams such as SoFi Stadium, the Olympic and Paralympic Games, City Football Group, Riot Games and the National Football League. Most recently, Cisco signed an agreement with Real Madrid to implement what is said to be Europe’s largest Wi-Fi 6 stadium network to date.

“As the benchmark team in one of the world’s fastest growing sports, we are proud to expand our relationship with McLaren Racing and bring our full portfolio of technology and talent to bear to help the team achieve even greater success.” Carrie said. Palin, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Cisco. “McLaren Racing shares our relentless commitment to innovation and we believe that together we can push the boundaries of what is possible to develop the most connected F1 team in history.”