McLaren has unveiled its new lightweight carbon-fibre architecture as it gears up to launch the first car in its hybrid Sports Series next year.
- New Sports Series range is set to feature more affordable hybrid McLarens
- New carbon-fibre architecture to underpin upcoming hybrid Sports Series range
- McLaren is focusing on eliminating the weight penalty of a hybrid powertrain
What about the added weight of a hybrid powertrain?
Developed at the firm’s new Composites Technology Centre (MCTC) in England, the platform has been designed with a focus on lightness to offset the added weight of an electrified powertrain.
While it won’t be possible to fully cancel out the weight penalty of a hybrid system, CEO Mike Flewitt hopes to minimise it. He previously mentioned that his ambition was “to launch the hybrid at the same weight as the outgoing car”. He added:…