McLaren has opened its doors to F1 fans after allowing Google Street View cameras inside the famous McLaren Technology Centre near Woking.

The move allows fans the chance to see some of McLaren's historic collection of cars and to also examine the trophy cabinets carrying the various pieces of silverware won across the years.

While the secretive nature of F1 means parts of the facility remain off limits, the move provides the first opportunity for fans to gain an insight into an F1 factory in such a manner.

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"The McLaren Technology Centre is widely considered to be an architectural icon," McLaren chief Martin Whitmarsh said. "Of course, it's also so much more: It is the beating heart of a technology, motorsport and automotive group which this year celebrated its 50th anniversary.

"To mark this milestone, and reward our many loyal fans, we're pleased to be able to open our doors to the public, with the help of Google. While we sadly can't allow everyone to visit in person, working with Google lets our fans tour our legendary cars and have a good look around.

"I hope people are as inspired as I was when I saw the MTC for the first time."

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