McLaren planning to build up lineup; toying with battery powered options

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With a successful Formula One team under their belt, McLaren is taking on a "broader range" for their lineup with the planned addition of a number of high end sports cars according to a senior executive for the company. The new MP4-12C was only the first model of a long range of vehicles set to take on the ever-increasing fuel economy and emission standards by using lightweight materials like carbon fiber, along with other advanced technologies. McLaren Managing Director, Antony Sheriff, says McLaren is planning to use battery-based propulsion systems in its future models to achieve this type of performance, most recently getting as much as one horsepower out of a lithium-ion cell the size of a conventional AA battery.

Sheriff goes on to say that McLaren will continue to build two-seat sports cars that take full advantage of the Formula One technology they have available, and that they will debut one model each year. The full range of new models will sit at “different price points,” both above and below the MP4-12C.

When asked what type of backup plan McLaren had in place in case things did not work out as planned, Sheriff simply stated that he was “not worried about” that as an option. He went on to add, “One good thing about having a Formula One team is that you have a Formula One mentality. If there’s a problem you don’t get phased, you get it fixed.”

That “get it fixed” mentality may take them a long way as European and U.S regulations aren’t going anywhere and will more than likely get stricter in the coming years. Sheriff addressed that as well, stating that there are exceptions for small companies like McLaren in the European regulations and that McLaren is shooting for higher mileage than necessary to combat the changing regulations.

“We don’t see this legislation as a threat. We see it as a challenge,” Sheriff claimed.


Source: Detroit Bureau

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  (484) posted on 08.5.2011

Here we go again. Mclaren just wanted to try something unique. What if this invention they are thinking will produce a quality car. A good car which is not only fast but fuel efficient. I think we must give Mclaren a break.

  (596) posted on 08.4.2011

What is this a possible competitor of Nissan 200X? Honestly, I don’t think that the car would be reliable if used with a battery-powered transmission. I would love to see a continue production of McLaren 12C Gt3 instead.

  (419) posted on 08.4.2011

Hell no! I don’t want to see an eclectic version of this car. I’m really satisfied in the gasoline performance of the car. IMO, I don’t think that there will be someone who wants this version! 

  (569) posted on 07.11.2011

I guess McLaren planned to lower the emission of the vehicle to be approved in the strict regulation of the US market. And I wonder if it will become slower?

  (553) posted on 07.11.2011

If they are going to used a battery powered options for this vehicle, I’m just afraid that it will not perform the same compare to its production version.

  (473) posted on 07.8.2011

hmm. I don’t like to think that this is “plan” is a sort of cost cutting for the Mclaren F1 vehicle! I don’t think that it will perform the same with the battery option!

  (428) posted on 07.8.2011

I wonder why they planned such thing and will it perform the same as the other engine options? BTW, I’m a bit intrigued about Sheriff statement I was thinking if we can’t see Mclaren in the US road anymore?

  (276) posted on 05.17.2011

So, what’s the latest news on this one? Have they already announced details of their plans about this? Well, with any respects, they will probably be able to pull this one off.

  (534) posted on 05.11.2011

hmm. They are going to use a battery for a car then I guess they should convert the vehicle into diesel power car! BTW, it seems US government is strict in implementing their law. I just wish that they find a solution to follow the US regulations.

  (780) posted on 05.11.2011

If electric cars will be using a battery then I will doubt the reliability of this car.
Oh please, this would take away the real concept of electric cars. I suggest that they activate the diesel engine instead!

  (445) posted on 05.4.2011

I have witnessed that on how they make a change by offering a car that has a fuel economy and emissions. When it comes to the performance, this car has definitely a best option for need for speed kind of ride.

  (648) posted on 05.2.2011

I wouldn’t say that McLaren’s move is all bad, but I think that they ought to decide on a few things first. The biggest consideration here is what kind of batter system they intend to implement.

  (599) posted on 04.29.2011

I don’t have a doubt on this car. McLaren would be one of the best sports car ever made in the history of automobile! And i think this thing is not a big deal to them.

  (619) posted on 04.29.2011

Well, let’s just see if they would actually make good on that one. If we receive news about this project in the next two months, it means that they are going to be dead serious about it.

  (579) posted on 04.29.2011

I guess this would be the greatest challenge for the McLaren though I have a positive feeling that they knows what to do.

  (474) posted on 04.29.2011

Yeah, since they are very much proud of that Formula One mentality, I hope that they would be able to make good on that. And I am looking forward on the kind of car that they would come up with.

  (553) posted on 04.28.2011

Well, i do hope that their Formula One mentality would help them to achieve the goal they been wanting.

  (345) posted on 04.28.2011

Imagine that, they were able to develop am Li-Ion battery the size of an AA, but giving out one horsepower. If that’s the case, they only need a tabletop full of these to run an entry level sports car.

  (776) posted on 04.27.2011

I saw the video wherein the Mclaren is attempting to make a record in the Nurburgring race track. I wonder what is the lap time since the official time wasn’t announced yet.

  (727) posted on 04.27.2011

I have been waiting for this thing to happen. Mclaren is such a wonderful car and its performance is quite impressive and now I can see how will it blast in the F1 race!

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