Artura is the name of McLaren’s first series-production hybrid supercar that the British company plans to rolls out in the first half of 2021, McLaren Automotive has announced.
McLaren said Artura “introduces a new High-Performance Hybrid chapter for the pioneering supercar brand.”
“McLaren Automotive will bring the full force of its expertise in hybrid powertrain engineering to the supercar class next year with the introduction of the new Artura, a High-Performance Hybrid developed with the benefit of more than half a century of McLaren knowledge, experience and engineering achievements in race and road cars,” the company said in its announcement.
“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 – but 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,” Mike Flewitt, McLaren’s chief executive, was quoted in the announcement.
The car will be powered by a new and twin-turbocharged V6 gasoline engine and an electric motor system that McLaren says will offer the performance of the company’s larger-capacity V8 engines while adding the benefits of improved torque response at lower engine speeds.
The car will be able to operate solely on electric power for “everyday emission-free urban journeys,” McLaren added.
McLaren added that while the electric powertrain will add weight, that additional mass “has been largely offset by the application of weight-saving technologies throughout the chassis, body and powertrain.”
McLaren’s previous hybrid experience includes the P1 hybrid hypercar unveiled in 2012 and the 2020 Speedtail Hyper-GT, which is McLaren’s fastest car with a top speed of 250 mph.
No other information was provided in the announcement, except a note that more details will be provided in the coming months.
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