The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 team has deployed a secure collaboration system to protect its intellectual property and racing secrets.

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes is deploying systems from Intralinks to make it easier, faster and safer to share critical information across the entire business, from design and manufacturing through to the race track.

The team will deploy a range of Intralinks solutions including Intralinks VIA for secure enterprise collaboration and Intralinks Dealspace for financial transactions.

Intralinks VIA is designed to make it easy for anyone to sync, share and unshare files, work efficiently on group projects, and manage content wherever it goes, even after it has been sent beyond the firewall.

"Across the McLaren Group we are constantly striving for innovation based on intense collaboration around intellectual property we need to protect," McLaren Group CIO Stuart Birrell said (pictured).

"With Intralinks VIA we’ll be able to share information with our suppliers, partners and race side staff with greater confidence and speed, making us more productive and better positioned to win."

Last year Birrell said he was using SAP’s in-memory HANA technology to try and scale back on using “expensive PhD” skills within the group’s Formula 1 teams.