MCLAREN PLUG-IN HYBRID SUPERCAR CONFIRMED, 0-60 IN 2.3 SECONDS
It will boast an all-wheel-drive system with a front electric motor.
McLaren first dipped its toes into hybrid waters back in 2013 with the release of the P1 plug-in hypercar. Over the years, we’ve heard the Woking squad repeatedly saying technology is not quite ready for a fully electric machine, and it’s still not, with Jamie Corstorphine, global marketing director, revealing earlier this year a pure EV would simply be too heavy. While a zero-emissions McLaren is not coming anytime soon, the company is preparing an entire fleet of hybridised models.
Speaking with Car and Driver, McLaren CEO, Mike Flewitt, revealed a next-generation platform will be officially announced next spring when we’ll also get to learn a thing or two about a hybrid powertrain. The first car part of the new wave will be introduced before the end of 2020 and hit markets at the beginning of 2021. Within the next 3-4 years, the entire lineup will be electrified by using a plug-in hybrid powertrain slated to offer up 20 miles of electric range.
One of the new models on the agenda is going to be a supercar (obviously!) that’ll do 0 to 60 mph in just 2.3 seconds, which will make it three tenths of a second quicker than the aforementioned P1. We also get to learn it will employ an all-wheel-drive layout courtesy of a combustion engine driving the rear axle working together with an electric motor powering the front wheels.
If you’re worried about the added weight, you shouldn’t. Flewitt said the hybrid-related components will only add about 29 kilograms of fat compared to current McLaren models, which shouldn’t be much of an issue considering the extra power and low-end boost provided by a PHEV powertrain.
While the twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 engine will continue to power McLarens in the years to come, the British supercar brand says a lighter V6 engine is being developed and it’ll be compatible with the hybrid system.