McLaren is developing an all-electric supercar
At the Luxury Supercar Forum, a preview inaugural event of the Canadian International AutoShow (15-24 of February) in Toronto, three premium cars were featured: the McLaren Senna 500-unit production, the Rolls-Royce Cullinan and the Devel Sixteen, a supercar with a 12.3-liter V16 produced by a Dubai start-up.
During the event Mark Roberts, head of design operations for McLaren Automotive and Alex Innes, head of coach build design for Rolls-Royce, declared that their brands are moving in the direction on fully electric powertrains. «It’s clearly part of our future. It’s more than likely that we will skip the hybrid step in between, so that’s quite a bold future that we’re setting out on» Innes said. Meanwhile Roberts indicated that a McLaren battery electric vehicle is already in testing and development but «it’s going to be a while before we release it as a production car».
Roberts said also that despite the market pressures being put on premium automakers to offer SUVs, the McLaren brand will remain a holdout. «We really do deliver on the ultimate driving experience. For us, it means no compromise. An SUV doesn’t allow us to deliver on that. It’s not a no-compromise kind of vehicle».
McLaren is preparing to release 18 new vehicles between now and 2025. Given that the brand’s current production output is 4,500 units per year (or 20 to 22 per day) this presents a clear need for an increase in capacity.«For a small company like McLaren, it’s a big challenge» Roberts said. One of those new vehicles will be a successor to the McLaren P1, which was a plug-in hybrid sports car with a highly limited production run of 375 units that were built between 2013 and 2015.