McLaren has opened the doors to its factory to show us a teaser of what will be the next hybrid supercar from the British firm. Currently covered in camouflage, this new car will be fully revealed to the world in the first half of next year, and hints at the next step of design and performance for the marque with visible hints from the 720S.
It will be the first model to sit on a new tub made from carbon fibre, named the McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture or MCLA, which was designed and made in the company’s Sheffield-based technology centre. And the information doesn’t stop there. We also know that it will be powered by a hybrid V6 powertrain, and the McLaren team is very proud of what they’ve accomplished.
“This all-new McLaren supercar is the distillation of everything we have done to date; all that we have learned and achieved,” says Mike Flewitt, CEO of McLaren Automotive. “This is a new kind of McLaren for a new era, an extraordinary drivers’ car that offers blistering performance as well as an all-electric range capable of covering most urban journeys. We see this new McLaren as a true ‘next generation’ supercar and cannot wait to show it to customers.”
Sat between the 720S and the GT in terms of performance, this new car denotes the end of the Sports Series designation which began five years ago with the marque now focussing on hybrid and electric powertrains. In reality, the Sports Series will end with a limited run of the 620-R model which reflects GT-4 performance on the road. But this is only going to be improved upon, hints Flewitt.
“Our expertise in lightweight composites and carbon fibre manufacturing, combined with our experience in cutting-edge battery technologies and high-performance hybrid propulsion systems, makes us ideally placed to deliver uncompromised levels of electrified high-performance driving that until now have simply been unattainable,” he says.
McLaren has been a leader in performance car technology with the 720S often dubbed the best supercar you can buy, albeit it suffering from huge rates of depreciation. This makes us very excited for the next generation of McLaren, but makes us wonder how they can possibly improve?
The name is currently unknown, but maybe the name ‘Sabre’ McLaren trademarked could be connected to this…