Hybrid sports car McLaren spotted during testsSeptember 10, 2020
The British company has brought a plug-in hybrid model for testing.
The car you see here isn’t necessarily McLaren’s first. Back in 2012, the awesome P1 was introduced to the world with a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 mated to a single electric motor that develops a total of 903 horsepower.
This camouflaged McLaren probably won’t have such a powerful unit under the hood, but it will have high electrical output. This is the second time McLaren has taken public tests to test its new hybrid model. The prototype was first seen in April, although, unfortunately, the camouflage has not been lost since then.
We see a shape that looks relatively conservative, although we suspect that the panels behind the camouflage wrap hide a more striking bodywork. However, the side vents are longer and thinner compared to the larger buckets from the 570S, and we don’t see anything like the aerodynamic elements behind the fenders like the 720S.
However, there are two 720S-style exhaust tailpipes positioned high on the rear, and the camouflage pattern suggests a folding wing is also installed. The optics in the front and back are rather darkened.
The big news for this new supercar will obviously be what’s inside. At the moment, there is a lot of information about technical data. The model is expected to receive a V6 or V8. Probably, the sports car will be equipped with a plug-in hybrid unit based on a V6 with more than 600 horsepower. This will be a modest improvement over the 570S, and McLaren is promising that its all-new carbon-fiber platform will reduce weight to offset the hybrid components.
The pandemic has certainly delayed the implementation of projects for all automakers, and McLaren’s financial position is not the best these days. It is clear that testing of the new hybrid is ongoing and McLaren has confirmed its launch sometime in 2021. It remains to be seen whether at the beginning or end of the year.
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