McLaren Plans To Go Hybrid
McLaren wants to bring performance hybrids to the masses, as long as the masses can afford to spend over $300,000 on a supercar. Speaking at a recent shareholders meeting, McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt said he wants to see 50 percent of McLaren models incorporate hybrid power with in the next 10 years. Of the three tiers that make up McLaren’s lineup, only the Ultimate Series cars, which include the $1 million-plus 2014 McLaren P1 and 2016 McLaren P1 GTR, use hybrid drivetrains. The new plan would likely see this technology extended to the Super Series 650S replacement, which is due in 2017.
“I have said in 10 years I expect half of our cars to be hybrids, but I actually think it will be faster. And I think it could be more than half,” Flewitt told Auto Express. “Will we put that on all vehicles? If I could get the cost and weight right I absolutely would. Our strategy is to use technology to produce the best driving cars.”
Currently in development and internally designated P16, the next Super Series cars will be entirely new from the ground up and will replace the 2015 McLaren 650S, 2015 McLaren 650S Spider and 2016 McLaren 675LT, all cars originally spawned from the 2011-2013 McLaren MP4-12C first introduced in 2011. Look for the 3.8-liter, twin-turbo V-8 to be replaced with a new, downsized, twin-turbo V-6 coupled with a new hybrid system that will produce more than enough power to compensate for the smaller-displacement engine. Like the 650S, expect the P16 to be priced between $250,000 and $300,000, with drop-top Spider and lighter, more-powerful variants to be spun off as well.
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McLaren also confirmed to investors that the company moved 1,649 units in 2014, up 19 percent over 2013.
Why it matters
The next goal is to increase sales to 4,000 units by 2017, which should more than doable after 540C and 570S production ramps up. Following that, the new performance hybrid models will help bring McLaren closer to Ferrari, which is expected to begin building up to 10,000 units annually within the next few years.
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