MCLAREN'S next-generation supercars will be electrified in order to comply with strict regulations. The Woking-based car maker says that its core models will feature an evolution of the existing MonoCage II structure, which will allow for hybridisation.
The upcoming 570S successor, which is considered the ‘entry level’ supercar for the brand, is unlikely to feature electrification, but all subsequent McLarens will, including updates to the 650S and 720S.
Speaking to automotive magazine Autocar, McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt said: “Hybrid design is part of the next platform – it is designed-in from day one rather than having to adapt an existing chassis.”
He also confirmed that there will not be a choice between pure internal combustion engines and hybrid powertrains – each supercar will be offered with a single electrified option.
However, Flewitt hinted that some special edition models could be offered without electrification.
For example, the firm recently revealed the Senna track-focused supercar, which uses a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 without an electric motor to boost power, instead relying on a lightweight construction and extensive aerodynamic upgrades to improve on-track performance.
Autonomous driving features will also be gradually introduced for safety, legislation and emissions reasons, but Flewitt was keen to stress that McLaren will only introduce what is necessary, saying “autonomy in its own right isn’t that appealing to our customers”.
McLaren has experience with hybridisation with the P1 hypercar. That model used a 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 and electric motor to provide a combined 903bhp.