McLaren has quickly increased its model count over the span of just a few years, and while its current lineup of supercars offer a wide range of performances they all share the same common architecture.
The unified blueprint uses a carbon fiber monocoque forming the passenger cells, and subsequent aluminum subframes can be attached to it – with the powertrain of choice usually been the twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 linked to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Now the automaker is reportedly looking to develop and research its next generation of models, and that may call for an entirely new powertrain assembly and carbon monocoque structure. More so, the architecture’s development will take into account from day one the addition of hybrid technology. This info was reportedly shared by McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt recently.
The executive also said the new generation lineup will keep the two-seat, mid-engine configurations as well as carbon fiber monocoque structure and aluminum subframe additions. This is a major investment – worth one billion British punds, part of the Track22 business plan introduced during the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The strategy includes 15 new or derived models to be introduced between now and 2022. There’s currently no info on the timeframe for the first model introduction, though expectations call for the P15 codenamed model to come and replace the current 650 S and act as the introduction of the new generation powertrain and architecture.