By Jonathan Davies

British supercar manufacturer McLaren has seen profits more than triple after a burst of speed in Asian sales.

The car maker posted pre-tax profits of £15 million, up from £4.5m in the previous financial year.

It comes after sales rose 67% from £285.4m to £475.5m. The biggest rise came in Asia, where sales are up 80% over the last two years.

McLaren said it sold 1,649 cars during the year, but it planning to up production again this year by delivering 1,800 cars.

McLaren chief executive Mike Flewitt said the US remains the manufacturer's biggest market, but explained there is a big difference in the age of buyers in the US and Asia. The average US buyer is in their late 30s, whereas Asian buyers are more likely to be in their 20s.