McLaren's hybrid plan revealed

Published: 24 November 2020

► Woking’s electrification begins
► Developed in-house at MCTC
► All-new platform

McLaren has revealed a new platform that’ll provide the basis for a new generation of electrified supercars. Developed at the brand’s £50m McLaren Composites Technology Centre (MCTC) in Sheffield – not Woking – it’s another in-house project from the supercar and now GT manufacturer. It’ll be manufactured in Sheffield, too.

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So what is it?

It’s essentially a new, lighter carbonfibre-based platform that’s made with hybrid powertrains in mind.  If McLaren’s own Formula 1 activities are anything to go by, that means downsized, turbo-powered engines coupled to a raft of batteries. 

With that in mind, Woking’s new technology will need to counteract the increased weight from battery cells, as well as keep them protected.  McLaren says the new platform uses world-first processes and techniques to strip out excess mass, while also improving safety.

“Our advanced expertise in light weight composites processes and manufacturing combined with our experience in cutting-edge battery technology and high-performance hybrid propulsion systems means we are ideally placed to deliver to customers levels of electrified high-performance motoring that until now have simply been unattainable,’ said CEO Mike Flewitt. 

‘For us, light-weighting and electrification go hand-in-hand to achieve better performance as well as more efficient vehicles,’ he added.

By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's digital editor, F1 and sim-racing enthusiast. Partial to clever tech and sports bikes.