First prototype carbon fibre chassis reaches the McLaren production centre site
The first prototype carbon fibre Monocell, the tub that forms the main structure of future McLaren’s car has been shipped yesterday from the company’s new innovation and production centre opened in Yorkshire last year to the McLaren Production Centre in Woking, Surrey.
Codenamed PLT-MCTC - 01 - which stands for Prototype Lightweight Tub, McLaren Composites Technology Centre - 01 - the tub will be involved with stringent crash testing duties. This will help the firm’s designers and engineers to find further weight savings as the company develops its next generation of vehicles as part of its ambitious Track25 business plan.
McLaren aims to win the automotive race to lightweight which will become ever more important as cars move towards hybrid powertrains which are generally heavier than their traditional petrol counterparts.
All McLaren’s sportscars and supercars will be hybrid by 2024.