It turns the dashboard into a race-spec unit at the push of a button

With the 2017 Geneva Motor Show is just around the corner, McLaren is releasing more information about the upcoming, second-generation Super Series. Having already detailed the drivetrain, chassis, and aerodynamics, the British firm showcases the vehicle’s interior, which will include a new driver interface, a sophisticated design, and enhanced visibility and space.

The highlight of the Super Series’ cabin is its all-new driver interface, which incorporates "a revolutionary approach to information display" and delivers "unrivaled levels of driver engagement." Called the Folding Drive Display, the device starts of in Full Display Mode and provides a comprehensive range of information on an upright TFT screen. The format changes according to what driving mode is selecting from Comfort, Sport, or Track. This is by no means revolutionary, but the display can be switched to Slim Display Mode, which sees the display slide down to show only essential information in a strip, just like in a race car. This is the ideal when driving at the track or for those who prefer simplicity.

The eight-inch infotainment screen in the center stack is described as "new integrated approach to sharing information" and runs multiple applications simultaneously on a vertical touchscreen carousel with access to audio, media, and navigation controls, among other features. On top of that, it provides quick-access keys to other functions, making the infotainment system much easier to use while driving.

McLaren also shared a bit of info about the interior layout. The new Super Series features switches machined from aluminum and the "finest leather upholstery and trim". The "light, airy cabin" also offers "unparalleled visibility and space." McLaren also claims that the Super Series’ cabin will rapidly become recognized as the most welcoming and engaging in the supercar sector.

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Why it Matters

It remains to be seen whether the Super Series’ interior will be the most welcoming and engaging supercar cabin ever, but there’s no doubt that the new driver interface will be revolutionary and will change the way we view automotive infotainment systems. Although they’ve become increasingly better and faster, most infotainment systems are actually very limited when it comes to customizing the display and most are rather cluttered, especially when it comes to sports cars. Race-focused vehicles need simpler display settings for track use and the ability to change between a performance-focused setup to a road-going setting, each customized to display the needed information, be it lap times or fuel efficiency. It appears that McLaren wants to offer just that and it would be great is other carmakers will follow suit.

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Press Release

The second-generation McLaren Super Series, which will be revealed next week at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show, will feature an all-new driver interface that incorporates a revolutionary approach to information display and delivers unrivalled levels of driver engagement.

The McLaren Driver Interface will be complemented in the second-generation Super Series by switches machined from aluminium and the finest leather upholstery and trim, confirming the blend of hand-crafted luxury and innovative technology inherent in a McLaren. In combination with a light, airy cabin that offers unparalleled visibility and space, this level of sophistication will provide a driver environment that is set to rapidly become recognised as the most welcoming and engaging in the supercar sector.

McLaren Unveils Revolutionary, Folding Instrument Cluster for Next Super Series High Resolution Interior
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“The new McLaren Driver Interface is a matchless example of advanced driver engagement built around two separate high-definition screens; a Folding Driver Display and a Central Infotainment Touchscreen,” explained Mark Vinnels, Executive Director – Product Development at McLaren Automotive. “The Folding Driver Display is revolutionary in offering both a choice of information shown and physical position, seamlessly complementing driver preferences while at the same time furnishing a glorious piece of engineering theatre.”

In Full Display Mode, the default on vehicle unlocking as part of the ‘welcome’ sequence, the Folding Driver Display provides a comprehensive range of information on an upright TFT screen, the display format changing according to a driver’s choice of Comfort, Sport, or Track driving modes. Slim Display Mode, either selected manually at the touch of a button or automatically deployed when linked to active dynamics functionality, sees the driver display slide down to show only essential information in a strip. This is the ideal condition for drivers wanting the minimum of distraction, either when on a track or for those who prefer simplicity of visual information.

McLaren Unveils Revolutionary, Folding Instrument Cluster for Next Super Series High Resolution Interior
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The 8-inch Central Infotainment Screen comprises the other element of McLaren’s advanced new integrated approach to sharing information. The driver’s portal to the all-new infotainment system of the second-generation McLaren Super Series, the screen will run multiple applications simultaneously on a vertical touchscreen carousel providing control of audio, media, navigation and other convenience features, as well as having several quick-access keys.

Comprehensive information about the second-generation Super Series will be confirmed on March 7 and a portfolio of additional images will be issued.

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