Apple is reportedly in talks to buy the supercar manufacturer McLaren, according to a report in the Financial Times. Talks to acquire the British company has been reportedly been in progress for several months.
McLaren, best known for its exotic, high-performance sports cars like the P1, is an odd acquisition target for Apple. The company from Cupertino has expressed interest in making their own electric vehicles and have diverted resources to the project, dubbed Project Titan, in the past few years. Unfortunately for Apple, the project has hit several roadblocks in the previous years, which include the resignation of Steve Zadesky, VP of Product Design, which prompted Apple to push the prospective launch date of Titan to 2021 instead of 2020. Apple also replaced Zadesky with Bob Mansfield, which previously retired from Apple in 2013 after 14 years with the company.
Rumors say that Mansfield has cut jobs in the automotive division of Apple, and is looking to refine the focus of Titan into something else. This certainly feeds the acquisition rumors of McLaren, since the company also has a successful consulting division and technologies group that supplies parts and expertise to other racing teams, and knows a thing or two about disruptive car design.