March 12, 2014

JVCKENWOOD Corporation Renews Partnership Contract with the McLaren Mercedes F1 Team
To Supply the “NEXEDGE®” Series* of Cutting-edge Professional Digital Radio Systems

* The actual model supplied is a customized version of the “NEXEDGE®” Series of professional digital radio systems developed specifically for the McLaren Mercedes F1 Team.

JVCKENWOOD Corporation is pleased to announce that it has renewed its official supplier contract with the McLaren Mercedes F1 Team to supply wireless radio systems distributed under the KENWOOD brand. KENWOOD will supply the new “NEXEDGE®” Series of professional digital radio systems.

KENWOOD established its relationship with McLaren in 1991 and has maintained its partnership by supplying professional radio systems ever since. During the 2014 season, KENWOOD will continue to supply digital wireless radio systems used for communication among drivers and team members, as well as provide full-scale technical support through its professional staff.

Starting from the 2014 season, KENWOOD will supply new customized digital wireless radio systems designed specifically for the McLaren Mercedes F1 Team based on KENWOOD's NEXEDGE® professional digital radio systems lineup — a series that has been deployed worldwide and has achieved strong performance especially in the business and industry markets of North America, Europe and worldwide.

The NEXEDGE® Series not only demonstrates excellent reliability and performance, even within severe environments, but also offers key features such as voice securing, a noise suppressing function, and wide communication range based on digital signal correction technology and narrowband sensitivity enhancement. NEXEDGE® technology lets the team's drivers and staff exchange prompt and accurate communications even in a racing condition where the levels of impact, vibration, and noise are far beyond what one can normally imagine.

In addition, KENWOOD is offering new model headsets for team staff. Developed and manufactured specifically for the McLaren Mercedes F1 Team, these headsets provide superior sound insulation and durability, as well as comfort when worn for long periods.

In its partnership with the McLaren Mercedes F1 Team going forward, KENWOOD will contribute to the success of the team by proposing digital wireless radio systems with which we make the best use of our cutting-edge radio technologies, along with expertise we have accumulated from our research and development activities.

Discussing the announcement,
Eric Boullier, Racing Director at the McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 team said:

“Formula 1 is the ultimate team sport. For every driver pushing their car to the limit, we have hundreds of engineers, technicians and strategists helping them to win. Over the last 23 years, Kenwood has become an invaluable member of our team, enabling our drivers and engineers to communicate effectively, no matter what the conditions. Kenwood and McLaren Mercedes have the same ethos of innovation and continuous improvement, we both constantly innovate to enhance performance, which is why our partnership has lasted so long and has gone from strength to strength.”

This new release has also appeared on McLaren Mercedes official website.

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