Next-gen McLaren hybrid supercar is almost here, killing the 570s in the process
The Sport Series ends on a high note with a limited edition 620R, making room for the new hybrid car
McLaren has been developing their MCLA platform, which stands for McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture, for a while now and the new carbon fibre structure, specifically designed to accommodate high-performance hybrid powertrains is now entering the final stage of testing.
The structure and the upcoming vehicle that's going to use it were both developed, designed and produced entirely in the UK at the McLaren Composites Technology Centre near Sheffield, Yorkshire. The new car, built on a flexible chassis, features an all-new V6 engine paired with an electric unit.
Mike Flewitt, CEO of McLaren Automotive, explained the new McLaren supercar will be a "distillation of everything we have done to date, all that we have learned and achieved. This is a new kind of McLaren for a new era". The idea isn't new, of course, and we all know that using hybrid units to power road cars helps achieve performance and speed with more efficiency. It is probably also a way of transitioning towards the inevitable electric future. But I guess that's a different conversation for a different time.
The new hybrid supercar is going to sit between the GT and the 720S in the range and this, I'm afraid, also marks the end of the road for the Sports Series designation, first introduced in 2015 with the 570S. The good news is there's at least going to be a swan song for the Sports Series - and a hot one at that - with a limited edition GT4-inspired 620R, which is going to be unveiled later this year.