While we were anticipating an official announcement in Spring 2020, McLaren Automotive’s CEO Mike Flewitt got the jump on everybody by confirming their next-generation hybrid supercar is due in 2021. McLaren is hoping that an all-wheel drivetrain with an electrically driven front axle is enough to hit a 0-60 mph time of 2.3 seconds.
Flewitt also confirmed that they expect the entire McLaren lineup to be powered by plug-in hybrid motors within 4 years. McLaren will be mostly coupling these with V6 powerplants, but a combination of turbocharged V8 + hybrid engines will be available in high-end models.
Shedding some light on whether McLaren will ever offer a fully-electric supercar, Flewitt stated that the company is waiting on the commercialisation of solid-state batteries, expected to occur around 2023-2025. He bluntly stated that the current generation of lithium-ion batteries are not energy-dense enough to support McLarens performance goals.
Article by Neil Pope