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Sports Series addition will be a PHEV with a twin-turbo V6 and 20-mile electric range
Jim Holder
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3 April 2020

McLaren will launch its first mainstream hybrid car later this year, with sources suggesting it will sit towards the lower end of the British sports car maker’s three-tier model range in terms of power and performance.

The new car will be part of its Sports Series and will use a twin-turbocharged V6 as part of a plug-in hybrid powertrain. It’s tipped to be revealed this summer ahead of deliveries commencing later this year.

While McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt declined to comment on specifics, he admitted that he’s excited at the possibilities of using electrical power to boost performance yet also reduce emissions.

“We have experience of hybrid systems with cars like the P1, P1 GTR and Speedtail, and that recipe of offering a car that can be both truly economical and thrilling to drive remains our goal,” said Flewitt. “McLaren is all about building the best driver’s cars, and we see opportunities with hybrid [powertrains], in terms of the instant torque and filling the gaps in the powerband.”

While any hybrid’s main drawback is additional weight, Flewitt and McLaren COO Jens Ludmann both suggested that the engineers at Woking have managed to claw back the large majority of the deficit.

“At McLaren, we’re fortunate that we’re not so constrained by building to a price,” said Ludmann. “Our customers want the best, so that’s what we obsess over.”

With the new car expected to be capable of travelling around 20 miles on electricity alone and recording strong longer-distance fuel economy, Flewitt questioned the government’s recent announcement that it wants to ban the sale of new hybrid cars as early as 2032.

Flewitt said: “Hybridisation could play a key role in the journey [to net zero emissions], and I believe that a longer transition period of running hybrids and full EVs alongside each other could be part of the answer. We’ve invested in this technology with the goal of paying back that investment over a number of years.

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“We believe it will meet customer requirements sooner than full EV. To set a deadline for its end before we have launched it is detrimental to the perception of the steps forward we’ve made, and it both stalls the demand and potentially causes people to hold on to or buy older, more polluting cars.”

However, Flewitt admitted that McLaren is likely to have an electric car ready ahead of the deadline, meeting the firm’s internal criteria of offering an all-round package at least as good as today’s equivalent cars in terms of both driver engagement and usability.

“Building the car to the deadline is less of a problem,” he said. “What I’d like clarity on is how we as a country will be ready to support those vehicles in terms of infrastructure, supply chain and so on.”

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3 April 2020

I'm quite excited to see how this one looks.   Ok, lower end, but still it's a McLaren and (reliability issuse aside) they have always hit higher than expectations.

 

He's right about the role that hybrid cars can make in the future mix of automotive choices we have and we should have those choices.   Full electric still isn't mature enough, but that is mainly due to limited battery technology.   Once we can get the storage requirements down to a tenth the size they are now, and that is pretty much possible in the lab now, many of the barriers will disappear.

 

We still need to work on the charging infrastructure, every home will need a charger and also time splicing between chargers so we don't overload the grid at 6pm when everybody returns home for the night!   We also need to start thinking about connecting continents with power, making a world wide supergrid so that solar energy collected at one part of the world can feed the parts in darkness.   Wind can't always fill in the gaps.

 

3 April 2020

 It all sounds very positive,but it will take a long time, i certainly won't be driving by the time fossil fuelled cars become a rarity, it'll be nice to be driven in something quite comfortable being more social with felow passengers.

3 April 2020

It's not difficult for Autocar to guess what the next McLaren will look like, is it?

3 April 2020

Why cant the government listen 2 Flewitt. He knows excatly wot the public r thinking about the 2035 dealine

3 April 2020
Will be insane..a combination of P1 and speedtail. Epic

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