McLaren and BMW to enter wide-ranging technical partnership image

The luxury German automaker and the British exotic brand are officially undertaking a new partnership – revealing a strategic move that spreads across a new generation of powertrains for future combustion engines.

Their strategic goal is to offer the highest output capacity ever. The new powertrain should come with increased power, as well as lower CO2 figures. In addition, the project is supported and partially funded by the British government through the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) in Coventry, and actually has to do with six manufacturing and supply partners. Next to BMW, McLaren will join forces with Ricardo, Grainger, and Worrall in production of lightweight casting technologies while Lents Composites is bringing its specialist composite structures experience.

“This is an exciting project that plays to the strengths of all partners,” said McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt. “McLaren Automotive has an exceptional reputation for building the world’s finest engines… we will continue to independently design and build our own engines, and the benefits of this project will help us accelerate the development of our next generation of powertrain.” McLaren has already joined forces with BMW on an exclusive project – the development of the next F1 supercar iteration, scheduled to arrive in 2019 and keeping the original’s three-seat layout and mid-engine V8.