Hybrids will dominate the new range – which won’t include an SUV… By James Dennison
MCLAREN HAS PLENTY of experience in creating new variants from familiar ingredients, but even the most ardent McLarenophile may struggle to guess how the booming British sports car company will come up with 18 new models or derivatives by the year 2025. But that’s the key figure in the Woking-based company’s newly announced Track 25 plan. Most will be petrol-electric hybrids – but McLaren says its Ultimate Series cars could be the exception.
The 600LT (previewed in our August issue) won’t count as one of the 18, but the three-seat BP23 hypercar will. And it now has a proper name: Speedtail. Thought of internally as the McLaren F1 reborn, the Speedtail is set to be the fastest and most powerful McLaren yet – squeezing even more power from the 814bhp Senna GTR track car’s twin-turbo V8.
Complementing the brand’s hybrid power pledge is invest- ment in a lightweight high-power battery system that can be charged rapidly, intended for ‘performance applications’. Spe- cifically, McLaren mentions the ability to do 10 full-bore laps of the Nardo test circuit on one charge, a feat that would typically make a serious dent in a petrol-powered McLaren’s tank. Meanwhile, attempts at creating ‘new augmented driving features’ and a commitment to staying ahead in the supercar ‘weight race’ are also included in Track 25.
New P1 confirmed
Launched in 2013, the original P1 was the first McLaren to em- ploy a petrol-electric hybrid powertrain. Now its successor has been confirmed, with a launch date at some point before 2025. Details of the car are scant. Expect a hybrid powerplant, like its predecessor, but not pure electric – although McLaren has made no secret of its development work on high-performance all-electric cars. With the introduction of the track-focused Senna and the Speedtail, it’s not clear where the P1 will sit in the line-up. McLaren’s global sales and marketing director, Jolyon Nash, says the P1 will be ‘the ultimate expression of McLaren’s technology and performance prowess’, no less.
No SUVs in the pipeline
Bucking the trend being chased by many of its rivals, McLaren insists there are no plans to build an SUV in the foreseeable future; lightweight supercars and SUVs just don’t go together as far as Woking is concerned.
6000 cars a year by the end of 2025
Production is set to increase by almost 75 per cent by the mid- dle of the next decade, with all cars to be hand-built in Woking. The recent opening of the £50 million McLaren Composite Technology Centre in South Yorkshire allows carbon tub production to be transferred from mainland Europe, meaning 57 per cent of all componentry will be UK sourced.