As it turns out, McLaren doesn’t see electric track cars as very “persuasive.”

With more and more electric supercars and hypercars coming to life, it feels like it’s only a matter of time before all of the world’s finest exotics lose their explosive spirit to make way for quieter, sound-synthesized remains of what was once a gasoline-fueled world. The list of cars that are already in this category is growing by the day. Some of the more prominent models include the Nio EP9, Pininfarina Battista, Rimac Concept One and C_Two, and even the Lotus Evija, among others. Any company that hasn’t ventured into electric territory yet has been called into question, and McLaren is the latest to speak its mind regarding electric hypercars. In this case, we’re referring to a successor for the McLaren P1, and the question is: Will the McLaren P1 Successor be an electric hypercar, or will McLaren hold strong in the hybrid territory as long as it can?

The McLaren 765LT Stuck to a Tried and True Formula

2019 McLaren 765LT
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While the Geneva Motor Show closed its doors over fear of the coronavirus, a lot of automakers took to showcasing their latest creations in their own way. McLaren was no exception, and it came with quite the treat – the 765LT, a long-tail model based on the McLaren 720S. What was really great about this model was the fact that it stuck with McLaren’s traditional formula, the heart of which is a 4.0-liter V-8 that’s good for 755 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. There was no desire to go electric here, and with the growing population of hybrid or EV supercars, everyone has started to wonder when McLaren will take the plunge into full-on EV Territory.

McLaren 765LT specifications
Engine configuration M840T engine, 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, 3994cc
Drivetrain layout Longitudinal mid-engined, RWD
Power PS (bhp/kW) @ rpm 765 (755/563) @ 7,500rpm
Torque Nm (lb ft) @ rpm 800 (590) @ 5,500rpm
0 -97km/h (0-60mph) 2.7 seconds
0-100km/h (0-62mph) 2.8 seconds
0-200km/h (0-124mph) 7.2 seconds
0-400m / ¼ mile <10 seconds*
Maximum Speed 330km/h (205mph)

The McLaren P1 Successor Confirmed - Could be Electric but Probably Not

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The hybrid McLaren P1 has been around for a while now – 7 years, to be exact. It’s now time for a successor, but what is McLaren to do? Will the next P1, as we’ll call it, carry over that hybrid DNA, or will McLaren decide to build an electric track car? Well, now we have a pretty good idea, thanks to McLaren CEO, Mike Flewitt. In an interview with Car & Driver, Flewitt admitted that bother EV and hybrid drivetrains for the P1’s successor are being considered, but he’s not seeing a lot of promise in going all-electric just yet.

"I like EVs, I've driven them quite a lot lately, and for regular use, they are responsive, refined, and have incredible performance. But the charging times are really restrictive. Take the 765LT as an example: we know a lot of customers are going to take that to the track. If it was an EV, you'd be looking at maybe 30 minutes of running time and then plug it in until the next day. That's not a persuasive position.
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The good news here is that the long-awaited replacement for the P1 has finally been confirmed and has even been confirmed to arrive sometime "around 2024." He also went on to explain why McLaren doesn’t want to go full EV with any of its cars, despite the UK’s latest move to ban all internal combustion engines by 2035.

In short, cars like the Evija and Battista sure do have upward of 2,000 horsepower on tap and are ungodly fast, but Flewitt was quick to point out just how limited they really are:

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"They're incredible, the Evija, that Pininfarina with 2000 horsepower. But how long do you think you could drive them flat out?."

That’s not the purpose of a McLaren, and getting 30 minutes per day out of a car like the P1, for example, isn’t good for anyone. Unfortunately, With the UK moving its ICE ban up from 2040 to 2035, McLaren (among others) will be forced to electrify their lineup sooner than later. Apparently, McLaren is joining up with a lot of other automakers to protest hybrids being included in the ban. But, for now, Hybrid and gasoline-powered cars from brands like McLaren are a dying breed, slowing being exterminated by the powers that be.

Source: Car & Driver

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