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Inside McLaren's Winter Olympics operation

Published 8:23 AM ET, Tue December 17, 2013
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The McLaren Technology Center in Woking, England, is home to not only the company's Formula One aspirations but also to a wing of its applied technologies venture MAT.
The MAT workforce focuses on technical strands in a wide variety of industries from energy to medical trials.
For its Winter Olympics project, two engineers are focused on helping the British team's bobsleigh and skeleton racing medal aspirations.
Caroline Hargrove project manages the Winter Olympics commitment at MAT, having working previously in F1 with McLaren.
Hargrove's main task was to build the F1 team's simulator, which is used by drivers such as former world champion Jenson Button. Clive Mason/Getty Images
MAT's work is not just on equipment such as the sleds used, but it also helps coaches with the athletes' physiological preparations.
MAT's first project with Britain's Olympians, following conversations with UK Sport, was with skeleton racer Amy Wiliams, who went on to win gold at Vancouver 2010.
The team also worked on several different sports at London 2012, most successfully with Britain's cyclists as it shaved fractions of seconds off riders' times.