McLaren shares the vision of its new hybrid supercar along with specs
McLaren has released another portion of information concerning its upcoming electrified supercar. The still-unnamed hybrid will offer 600+ hp (450+ kW) and will start a new range of luxury sports vehicles.
Apparently, the automaker from Woking wants to get rid of its “entry-level” Sports Series and instead establish a new line called High-Performance Hybrid (HPH) – although the name is a work in progress. The newcomer will assume the middle ground between the GT and Super Series and lack any kind of alphanumeric designation in the name (like “720S”).
Instead, it will be getting a simple and memorable name. Just what name remains uncertain, but the company has registered quite a few trademarks over the past year, including Arkon, Artura, GTZ, Veo and Vion. Maybe it’s one of these; maybe not.
The new model will benefit from the McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA). CEO Mike Flewitt said the electric components would only make it 30 or 40 kilos (66 – 88 lbs) heavier than it would be otherwise. For reference, the recent McLaren 570S comes powered by a 3.8-liter V8 and has 570 PS (562 hp / 420 kW) and 600 Nm (443 lb-ft) while weighing only 1,313 kg (2,895 lbs).
The new superhybrid will utilize the company’s latest V6 design and an electric system for 600+ PS (450+ kW) and 600+ Nm (443 lb-ft) total. It won’t be able to go all-electric for much farther than 30 km (18.6 miles) due to using supercapacitors instead of the conventional (=heavy) batteries.
The launch remains penciled in for the first half of 2021.
Editor Andrew Raspopov