The entrance to the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes garage. Unfortunately, no photos were allowed in the garage. Aside from the engine-tuning machinery, inside, you will find laptops and servers which are used to gather information of the cars as they race.
Peter van Manen, managing director of McLaren Electronic Systems, noted that during a 100-minute race, up to 1GB of data is sent back to the garage in real-time. By the end of the race, about 30GB of data is gathered.
Currently, data from the cars to the garage is transmitted using microwaves, but van Manen noted that the company is working with Vodafone to explore the use of Long-Term Evolution (LTE) networking technology for future races.