McLaren’s latest carbon-fiber tub is optimized for hybrid powertrains

A step closer to 100% electrification
by Vijay Pattni | Aug 26, 2020
PHOTO: McLaren

A new hybrid McLaren supercar will be unveiled next year, and sitting prettily underneath will be this carbon-fiber tub. That, friends, is McLaren Automotive’s brand-new “lightweight vehicle architecture”.

It has been designed specifically to accommodate hybrid powertrains, allowing the British supercar company to transition to 100% electrified supercars. “For us, lightweighting and electrification go hand in hand to achieve better performance as well as more efficient vehicles,” McLaren boss Mike Flewitt said.

The chassis has been engineered and developed at McLaren’s Sheffield tech center, where it will also be produced, and is said to utilize “world-first processes and techniques to strip out excess mass, reduce overall vehicle weight, while also further improving safety attributes.”

Flewitt has already gone on record to say how he wants McLaren to “win the weight race” in order to better performance, and reckons this new vehicle architecture is “every bit as revolutionary as the MonoCell chassis” (which gave us the McLaren 12C, don’t forget).

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“Our advanced expertise in lightweight composites, processes, and manufacturing combined with our experience in cutting-edge battery technology and high-performance hybrid propulsion systems mean we are ideally placed to deliver to customers levels of electrified high-performance motoring that until now have simply been unattainable,” Flewitt added.

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

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