McLaren's Next-Generation Of Hybrid Supercars Confirmed
CEO Mike Flewitt states that McLaren's full lineup will be hybridized within four years
While we were anticipating an official announcement in Spring 2020, McLaren Automotive's CEO Mike Flewitt got the jump on everybody by confirming their next-generation hybrid supercar is due in 2021. McLaren is hoping that an all-wheel drivetrain with an electrically driven front axle is enough to hit a 0-60 mph time of 2.3 seconds.
Flewitt also confirmed that they expect the entire McLaren lineup to be powered by plug-in hybrid motors within 4 years. McLaren will be mostly coupling these with V6 powerplants, but a combination of turbocharged V8 + hybrid engines will be available in high-end models.
Shedding some light on whether McLaren will ever offer a fully-electric supercar, Flewitt stated that the company is waiting on the commercialization of solid-state batteries, expected to occur around 2023-2025. He bluntly stated that the current generation of lithium-ion batteries are not energy-dense enough to support McLarens performance goals.