MCLAREN'S ALL-HYBRID FUTURE IN JUST 7 YEARSDate: 2018-07-13
Just a few short years ago, an electrified motor industry boom seemed a pipe-dream for the tree-huggers of the world, but here we are in 2018 and it's already on our doorstep.
The latest manufacturer to hop on the electrified future bandwagon is McLaren, announcing on Thursday an expansion of its previous Track22 business plan, fittingly called Track25.
Mclaren's updated vision says it'll feature a hybrid system for 18 of its cars by 2025 – which is up from half of its cars in its original Track22 plan. McLaren says that they, through their hybrid powertrains and continuous weight-saving manufacturing techniques, will push the boundaries of hybrid sports and supercars.
Recently, McLaren CEO, Mike Flewitt, suggested automakers halt the chase for more horsepower and rather prioritise trimming the fat from their vehicles. According to McLaren, continued development of "a lighter, superfast charging, high-power battery system" for performance applications is their focus. They added that their system could provide 30 minutes of track time on a single charge, but there won't be a purely electric supercar just yet.
Thursday's announcement included a recommitment to "producing the lightest cars in their respective segments", with a $66 million investment for the McLaren Composites Technology Center to manufacture future lightweight materials. McLaren also suggested enhanced cybersecurity, vehicle tracking, and over-the-air software updates for their vehicles.
The company plans to unveil the P1 hybrid hypercar's successor in their Track25 vision too, not to be confused with the McLaren F1 successor though, which is due in early 2019.
Aside from the P1 successor, Mclaren have said they have 18 new models and derivatives in the pipeline, which will see production skyrocket to a hefty 6,000 cars annually by 2025. That will be up a not-to-be-scoffed-at 75 percent from current levels... how very exciting!