McLaren teased us with a new high-performance hybrid model from its Sports Series line-up.
The Sheffield-based manufacturer set the benchmark for hypercars back in 1992 with the legendary McLaren F1. Since its inception, the British firm has continually pushed the definition of a supercar further with each successive product.
McLaren seems ready to raise the bar another notch with its next-gen supercar getting a hybrid powertrain, using electric motors paired with the all-new V6-twin turbo engine. It came as a surprise since, until now, hybrid powertrains were only used in flagship models such as the P1 and Speedtail.
The Artura will be built on the McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA) specifically designed to be used with hybrid powertrains. According to McLaren, this new architecture helps keep the total weight to a minimum despite the battery pack’s inclusion to power the electric motors.
On acknowledging the Artura, McLaren boss Mike Hewitt said, “Every element of the Artura is all-new, starting from the platform architecture and every part of the High-Performance Hybrid powertrain, to the exterior body, interior, and state-of-the-art driver interface. However, the supercar draws on decades of McLaren’s experience in pioneering super-lightweight race and road car technologies to bring all of our expertise in electrification to the supercar class.”
According to reports, the High-Performance Hybrid (HPH) supercar entered its final phase of prototype testing. Although details of the platform have been held under wraps, McLaren argues that the V6 twin-turbo engine retains the performance of higher displacement V8s while enhancing torque response at low RPMs to produce a whiplash of acceleration. That being said, the electric-only range is estimated to be nearly 20 miles.
The Artura will be positioned between the newly introduced GT and the Super Series 720S, making it part of the Sports Series line-up. This would mean the end of the 570S, with the limited-run 620R being the only other variant in the line-up.