McLaren has no plans for a pure EV hypercar in the near future

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McLaren Automotive has long been leading the way in recent years by changing our perception of what is physically possible with such cars as the 720S, and more recently the formidable Senna hypercar.

While the Woking based outfit has embraced hybrid technology in its P1 hypercar, rumours have always persisted that a fully electrified model would one day emerge from the hand-built production line at McLaren headquarters.

Now though, according to McLaren Automotive’s director of global sales, Jolyon Nash, this is not the case.

With electric hypercars becoming the norm thanks to the likes of Rimac, Nash offered a very straight to the point answer when quizzed by Bloomberg as to if the company would offer a pure-EV hypercar by saying “In the immediate future, no.”

When questioned further about the prospect of a one-off demonstration of McLaren’s technical might with an EV concept, the answer was similarly to the point with Nash commenting “We wouldn’t want to produce a car just to demonstrate technology—that is just not us.”

Lastly, when quizzed on if we could see McLaren lining up in the fledgeling Formula E championship in the near future, Nash provided a final very straight to the point response by saying “I’m a traditionalist. I love to hear the sound of an engine going around a track. Formula E doesn’t provide that.”

All of this pure EV road-car reluctance is likely down to one simple factor, weight and how it affects handling.

Cars such as the 720S are well-celebrated for having a near-perfect power to weight ratio (I know, having driven the one). With any electrified powertrain comes to the long-standing issue of the batteries and where the hell you put them.

To make a pure EV a feasible product, a considerable number of batteries would be required meaning that the weight gain quickly supersedes that of a conventional internal combustion powered car with aluminium engine construction.

Current generation battery tech has allowed car-makers to build either high performance or extended range EVs thanks to power-dense batteries. But the struggle to combine both with perfect handling and weight distribution remains somewhat unsolved.

To put it bluntly, if a full EV model doesn’t meet the carmaker's ethos of handling and weight distribution perfection, it won’t happen anytime soon.

For the near future, despite this lack of a full-EV, comes the confirmation that McLaren plans to hybridise around half of its current model range by 2022.

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