McLaren plans hybrid sportscar
One would think that after the MP4-12C and a future convertible version, McLaren would sit back for a little while and enjoy the pleasant view from the big seats. Wait, what are we thinking? Automakers want to ride the wave as long as it brings in the big bucks, and McLaren is now going to be riding on the hybrid surge as the company has announced plans for a future hybrid sports car. The company is rumored to be working on a "concept, design and development of the electrical package and wiring system for a hybrid electric vehicle," and a McLaren spokesman said: "Hybrid technology is something that we are looking at and assessing. It is something we are interested in."
This means that McLaren will develop its own full hybrid powertrains, that will include more than a "start-stop system", in order to compete with Ferrari and Lamborghini (whom have both confirmed hybrid powertrains are in development).
Currently, McLaren is working on a new factory where it will build a new model each year for the next five years (a convertible version of the MP4-12C, a baby sports car, and a successor for the F1 are just few of them). The company’s target is to hit a total of 4000 cars a year by 2015.