UK-based Ricardo has been the sole manufacturer of engines for McLaren since 2011. It has supplied more than 15,000 engines to date, with McLaren's increasing popularity among supercar customers seeing around 5000 delivered in the last year alone.
The engine partnership, with Ricardo building McLaren-designed engines, began with the McLaren 12C and has included the P1 hybrid hypercar. The two companies’ relationship goes back much further, with Ricardo building the transmission for the original McLaren F1 road car. McLaren’s entire current line-up, including the 720S, 600LT and Senna, uses engines produced under the partnership.
“Ricardo shares McLaren’s passion for exceptional performance, product innovation and quality,” McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt said of the renewed deal. “We look forward to working with Ricardo and to receiving its full support as we implement our Track 25 business plan.”
The £1.2 billion Track 25 plan will see McLaren introduce 18 new cars by 2025, by which time all of the company’s mainstream models will have made the jump to hybrid power. It will include a successor to the P1, as well as the three-seater Speedtail hyper-GT.
The renewed agreement is the largest in Ricardo’s history, and will see the company invest in its Shoreham assembly facility to allow for greater manufacturing capacity. The expansion will also allow for multiple product lines.
Flewitt told Autocar earlier this year: “Hybrid design is part of the next platform – it is designed-in from day one rather than having to adapt an existing chassis.”
Current McLaren models use a twin-turbocharged V8 engine, while a future hybrid powertrain could move to a smaller-capacity turbocharged V6. However, McLaren has said that future limited-production hypercars might still remain powered solely by internal combustion engines.