McLaren is planning a hybrid hypercar with 0-60 time of 2.3 seconds
So there's good news (new hypercar), great news (no EV for now) and even better news (no SUVs).
McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt has once again confirmed that the supercar manufacturer is going to build a plug-in hybrid hypercar which will outpace both the Senna and the SF90.
McLaren engineers are currently working on an extremely powerful all-wheel drive vehicle with a small electric unit powering the front wheels. Because it's a plug-in hybrid, it is technically going to be able to be driven in full-electric mode for at least 20-30 miles but that's obviously not the point. McLaren boss hasn't said anything about the engine size or power but he did say that the car is going to take 2.3 seconds to get from zero to sixty, and that's faster than both the recently introduced Elva and the Senna.
This unnamed hypercar is going to utilize a new platform which is currently being developed by the Woking-based maker and it is set to be unveiled about a year from now. The CEO has also confirmed that McLaren's entire lineup is going to be electrified in the next few years using said new platform, with both V6s and V8s but, this is the good news, he also said that an all-electric car isn't on the agenda just yet. The problem is that battery-powered cars are still too heavy and this is a brand that prides itself on making lightweight supercars.
The McLaren GT is one of the heaviest cars in the line-up but even so, it still weighs just over 1500 kg, lighter than most of its rivals
Last but not least, and I know many people will be happy to hear this, McLaren has no interest in building SUVs because, quite apart from anything else, SUVs cannot be built using McLaren's existing mid-engine architecture and platforms. This means the brand would have to develop an entirely different platform with billion-dollar investments and they don't want to do it now.