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It’s now five years since McLaren Automotive sold its first 12C supercar — a very short time on most motor industry calendars — but McLaren is this week launching the first comprehensive rethink of its core model. And that’s interesting as much for what it doesn’t change as for what it does.
Hearteningly, the concept is unaltered. The 720S proves how good the original decisions were and how much development there is in the mid-engined, two-seater, carbonfibre-tubbed concept. The tub has become Monocage II (which now displays such strength and versatility that it now has A-pillars whose thinness shames many superminis).
And McLaren’s CEO — and consummate leader — Mike Flewitt has already signalled that the act of moving chassis manufacture from Austria back to a new, higher-tech plant in the UK, provides opportunities for future weight reduction when the company moves — as it will — to electric propulsion.