The Artura is McLaren’s new-age hybrid supercar

The tech it packs is far from medieval
by Stephen Dobie | Nov 24, 2020
PHOTO: McLaren Automotive

There’s a new name to add to the McLaren spotter’s guide: Artura. That’s the name of the British company’s new hybrid supercar.

We’ve had a glimpse of how it looks already, and now we know the name that’ll sit between its high-rise exhaust outlets. Quite what Artura means, we’ve not been told, but in the words of baby-name website Name Doctor, “the origin of this name is still today quite uncertain, but its popularity derives from it being the name of the legendary hero King Arthur.”

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But don’t think that means McLaren has got its head stuck in the past. “Every element of the Artura is all-new—from the platform architecture and every part of the High-Performance Hybrid powertrain, to the exterior body, interior, and cutting-edge driver interface,” says McLaren Automotive boss Mike Flewitt.

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“It draws on decades of McLaren experience in pioneering super-lightweight race and road car technologies to bring all of our expertise in electrification to the supercar class.”

While the Artura will have a carbon tub—as per the McLaren norm—it’ll boast a brand new platform and eschew the usual twin-turbo V8 in favor of a similarly turbocharged V6 with electrical assistance. It’ll run electric only for a few kilometers too, but we don’t yet know how many. It’ll go on sale in the first half of 2021. Excited?

NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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