The first hybrid of McLaren came from the hand of the amazing McLaren P1, while the rest of the range has remained true to pure combustion engines. Now this situation has already expired and Mike Flewitt (CEO of McLaren) has said that in less than 10 years 100% of the British range will be hybrid.
This assertion made to Auto Express is quite a move to the intentions that the Woking company stated last year that half of its range would be hybrid in a decade. You must have it very clear, because the horizon of 2025 is just around the corner.
10 years to hybridize a family of sports
The confession was made during the announcement of the new carbon fiber production plant that the brand opens in Sheffield, and the ruling came by saying that "our goal is for all our cars to be hybrids by 2025 because that is the only way to comply With emission limits. I really believe that electric mobility is the future also for McLaren and for everyone. "
So all models that form the range of McLaren cars in the near future will inherit the experience in electric propulsion accumulated in the P1, first hybridizing and later with pure electric. At the moment, the McLaren 720S that will be released at the Geneva Motor Show will not use any kind of electrical assistance.
What Flewitt has ruled out has been the possibility of McLaren joining downsizing, so they will not replace the current V8 3.8 biturbo for a smaller V8 or a V6. "In a few years we will see a shift in the balance between electric propulsion and fossil fuels."
At Woking they want to achieve a production of 5,000 units a year in 2018, and their first step in achieving this has been the opening of the carbon fiber production center for which they have disbursed 10 million pounds sterling (11.73 million euros). With it they will be able to assemble the monocoque chassis in England instead of the current outsourcing in Austria.
Another key step is the production of McLaren engines by BMW, an announcement that recently jumped and that moves us to magical times like that of that astonishing McLaren F1. Efficiency in any case, and therefore in Woking before the electrification arrives also have reached an agreement with the University of Bath for the development of piston heads that improve the performance and reduce the consumption.