McLaren High-Performance Hybrid supercar nears launch
McLaren Automotive’s High-Performance Hybrid (HPH) supercar 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, it is hoped the all-new supercar will open up a new era of electrification for McLaren following the end of production of its Sports Series range.
Designed to definitely get you noticed on the school run, the all-new supercar will be the first McLaren built on a new carbon fibre structure, christened McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA).
Optimised for High-Performance Hybrid powertrains and latest-generation driver technologies, the car is designed, developed and produced in the UK at the £50m state-of-the-art McLaren Composites Technology Centre (MCTC) in Sheffield region.
The High-Performance Hybrid powertrain features an all-new V6 internal combustion engine 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,” comments 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. We see this new McLaren as a true ‘next generation’ supercar and cannot wait to show it to customers.”
McLaren’s all-new, ‘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, claims the manufacturer.
“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.”
The all-new 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.