McLaren will not introduce an electric hypercar in the near futureDecember 20, 2019
The general director of the British sports brand explained to the journalist why in the near future the company will not even think about introducing a fully electric hypercar.
Despite the fact that most automakers continue to invest their financial, mental and temporary resources in electric cars, the British McLaren has decided so far to “hold on to horses” – and for good reason. In a recent interview, McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt said that creating an all-electric hypercar does not make sense at the moment because of the poor development of the technology by which batteries are created.
Mr. Flevitt also told the publication that the rather heavy weight of modern battery packs “does not allow you to create great sports cars with an electric motor.”
“Although electrified powertrains offer many performance advantages, their performance in small sports cars is a constant problem. And this is one of the main reasons why the British brand will not be engaged in the development of an all-electric hypercar in the near future, ”he added.
It was separately noted that the automaker is now actively working on creating lighter batteries. In a September interview, Jamie Korstorfine, global marketing director for McLaren, said the company was exploring the possibility of creating an electric hypercar, although the company would not build it until McLaren promised it would be a better sports car compared to an analogue that uses an internal combustion engine .
Models with plug-in hybrid motors are another matter. The automaker first proposed a similar car, which received the designation McLaren P1 back in 2013. He helped the automaker enter the “hybrid hypercar era.” Next spring, McLaren will offer a new platform that will support hybrid powertrains. The first new McLaren hybrid will be launched before the end of 2020, and its sales will start in early 2021. McLaren plans to offer a hybrid version with a plug-in for each model over the next 3-4 years, offering a range of up to 32 kilometers in electric mode.
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