McLaren’s hybrid supercar enters final test stages

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The first series-production High-Performance Hybrid (HPH) supercar from McLaren Automotive has entered the final stages of its development and test programmes, which includes evaluation drives on public roads.

Due to launch in the first half of 2021, the all-new supercar will open a new era of electrification for McLaren following the end of production of its Sports Series range. The HPH will be the first McLaren built on a new carbon fibre structure, named the McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA). The lightweight chassis is optimised for high-performance hybrid powertrains and latest-generation driver technologies.

Designed, developed and produced in the UK at the £50m McLaren Composites Technology Centre (MCTC) near Sheffield, the flexible structure will underpin the next generation of McLaren hybrid supercars coming to market over the coming years.

The HPH powertrain features an all-new V6 internal combustion engine with high levels of performance and a medium-range EV-only drive capability

“This all-new McLaren supercar is the distillation of everything we have done to date; all that we have learned and achieved,” commented Mike Flewitt, CEO of McLaren Automotive. “For us, light-weighting and high-performance hybrid technology go hand-in-hand to achieve better performance as well as more efficient vehicles.”

The all-new hybrid supercar will sit between the GT and the 720S in the McLaren range. The Sports Series designation – introduced in 2015 with the launch of the 570S – ceases from the end of this year, with the limited-run, GT4-inspired 620R the last model produced.

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