THE first series production High-Performance Hybrid (HPH) supercar from McLaren Automotive has entered the final stages of its development and test programmes, which includes running on public roads.
Due to launch in the first half of 2021, the new supercar will begin an era of electrification for McLaren, following the end of production of its Sports Series range.
The supercar will be the first McLaren built on a new carbon fibre structure, christened McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA), which has been optimised for High-Performance Hybrid power trains and latest generation driver technologies.
The architecture elevates McLaren’s pioneering lightweight chassis to new heights, exploiting the company’s advantage in super-lightweight engineering – a benefit that has its roots in the brand’s motor sport origins.
Designed, developed and produced in the UK at the $900m (AUD) state-of-the-art McLaren Composites Technology Centre (MCTC) in Sheffield, the new flexible structure will underpin the next generation of McLaren hybrid supercars over the coming years.
The High-Performance Hybrid power train, which features a new V6 internal combustion engine, delivers astonishing levels of performance and a uniquely intense driver experience, as well as providing medium-range EV-only drive capability.
“This all-new McLaren supercar is the distillation of everything we have done to date; all that we have learned and achieved,” commented Mike Flewitt, CEO, McLaren Automotive.
“This is a new kind of McLaren for a new era, an extraordinary drivers’ car that offers blistering performance as well as an all-electric range capable of covering most urban journeys,” he added.
“We see this new McLaren as a true ‘next generation’ supercar and cannot wait to show it to customers.”
McLaren’s ‘next-generation’ supercar draws on all of the technological expertise in designing, developing and building the world’s most innovative and desirable, super-lightweight hypercars and supercars.
“For us, light-weighting and high-performance hybrid technology go hand-in-hand to achieve better performance as well as more efficient vehicles,” explained Flewitt.
“Our expertise in lightweight composites and carbon fibre manufacturing, combined with our experience in cutting-edge battery technologies and high-performance hybrid propulsion systems, makes us ideally placed to deliver uncompromised levels of electrified high-performance driving that until now have simply been unattainable.”
The hybrid supercar will sit between the GT and the 720S in the McLaren range and its introduction will further strengthen the company’s presence in the supercar sector.
The Sports Series designation, introduced in 2015 with the launch of the 570S, ceases from the end of this year with the limited-run, GT4 inspired 620R, the last model produced.