McLaren Honda's British driver Jenson Button steers his car during the third practice session as part of the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit on November 26, 2016. / AFP / ANDREJ ISAKOVIC (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)

McLaren F1 has announced a new four-year partnership under which Stratasys as they attempt to secure more sponsors ahead of the 2017 F1 season.

This new deal will see the team supplied with a suite of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions as they work closely with the team as it ramps up its rapid manufacturing capacity at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, UK.

Under the agreement, Stratasys will supply McLaren with its latest FDM and PolyJet based 3D printing solutions and cutting-edge materials for visual and functional prototyping, production tooling including composite tooling, and customised production parts – enabling their accelerated delivery while increasing performance and productivity in design and manufacturing operations.

“The ability to rapidly model, build and evaluate new components is an invaluable asset for any fast-moving and dynamic racing organisation,” said Eric Boullier, racing director of McLaren Racing.But our new partnership with Stratasys will not only increase our output in that area, but also allow us to dynamically explore and utilise the cutting-edge of Stratasys’ new 3D printing innovations and solutions.”

“It has become clear that motorsport’s reliance on rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, and the ability to radically cut time to market, is increasing, and we look forward to being well served by our new alliance with Stratasys.”