AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands - AkzoNobel has signed an agreement to supply advanced paint technology to McLaren Automotive, building on the existing corporate partnership with the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes (VMM) Formula 1 team.

Through its Sikkens automotive brand, AkzoNobel has been the official supplier of paint solutions to VMM since 2008. The new agreement now extends this relationship to include road cars and will see the company offer technology-led paint solutions for the MP4-12C and MP4-12C Spider, as well as the P1 when it enters production.

Vehicles produced by McLaren Automotive have similar characteristics to the VMM F1 cars in that they require coatings that must conform to rigorous technical standards, such as keeping weight to an absolute minimum.