McLaren Prepares New Range of Autonomous and Hybrid Cars
Autonomous driving capability and hybrid powertrains will be featured in McLaren’s next generation of sports cars, which will be coming by 2019.
The core models will take inspiration from a new structure considered as an upgrade of the existing Monocell II architecture.
Each of the arriving replacement of the 570S will feature a hybrid powertrain under the hood. The Super Series, which includes the 720S, will only be hybridized by the year 2022.
“Hybrid design is part of the next platform – it is designed-in from day one rather than having to adapt an existing chassis,” McLaren boss Mike Flewitt said. He said that the only option within the brand’s core cars and model ranges is to get a hybrid powertrain, and nothing will be offered as an internal combustion engine model only.
Flewitt added, however, that limited-edition models of the Ultimate Series may have non-hybrid powertrains, such as the McLaren Senna and the BP23.
A downsized turbocharged V6 is what’s expected to be utilized for hybrid powertrains, which will be present in the Sports Series and Super Series.
The new batch of vehicles also marks an important milestone, which is the introduction of autonomous driving capability. Flewitt pointed out, though, that it will not adopt each aspect of self-driving technology already out in the market.
“We will be selective. Autonomy in its own right isn’t that appealing to our customers, but we need to have capabilities designed in for safety, legislation and emissions,” Flewitt explained.