Fans of McLaren sports cars will be excited to hear that execs at the automaker have gone on record talking about the future replacement for the 650S. The car that will replace the 650S and 675LT is known internally as the P14 and odds are it will be a hybrid. The car is expected to debut officially at the Geneva auto show next year.
The hybrid powertrain will be a further developed version of the twin-turbo V8 that McLaren uses now. The car will boast more aggressive aerodynamics and the design team has worked hand in hand with engineering from the get go. McLaren promises the car to be substantially faster than the 650S and 675LT giving more separation between the Super Series and the Sports Series.
“We’re not there yet, but we’re getting close,” CEO Mike Flewitt told us. “To get the power density we need battery technology to move on, which it is doing, but it’s also about taking weight out of the car. The P1 had 375 pounds of [electric powertrain] if you added it up; I think that today we’re within a 70- to 110-pound weight penalty for hybrid. I want to eliminate that, get it to zero—and then really hack off my engineers by saying we want to make it even lighter than a conventional powertrain would be. But that’s in the future, it’s something we’re constantly driving.”
via Car and DriverFiled Under: Auto News