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McLaren Automotive

From F1 to luxury, high-performance supercars

McLaren is globally renowned as one of the world’s most illustrious high-technology brands, encompassing McLaren Racing, McLaren Automotive and McLaren Applied Technologies.

Since its foundation in 1963, McLaren has been pioneering and innovating in the competitive world of Formula 1, forging a formidable reputation which has seen the racing team win 20 World Championships and over 180 races.

Building on the success of the F1 team, McLaren formed a high-performance road car business, McLaren Automotive, which continues to set new benchmarks in performance and efficiency.

Launched in 2010, the company is now the largest part of the McLaren Group. Every vehicle is hand-assembled at the McLaren Production Centre (MPC) in Woking, Surrey, England. The company has three defined product families: Sports Series, Super Series and Ultimate Series which are retailed through over 80 retailers in 30 markets around the world.

From racing to road

In the late 1980s McLaren conceived the idea of building the world’s finest road car. On May 28th 1992, conception turned into reality as the McLaren F1 was unveiled to the public. Now, just over 20 years on, McLaren has revisited that original ambition.

The McLaren P1™ uses 50 years of racing experience and success, especially in the fields of aerodynamics and lightweight carbon fibre technology, to offer groundbreaking levels of performance combined with high levels of efficiency. The car was developed with one clear goal: to be the best driver’s car in the world on road and track.

The new twin-powered hypercar was born in the wind tunnel at the McLaren Technology Centre. It was honed with the bespoke fluid dynamics software suite usually applied to the creation of Formula One cars – and features an aero package and handling characteristics with strong F1 influences. Its beating heart is the innovative IPAS petrol-electric powertrain comprising a substantially revised 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine, which generates 737PS, coupled to a 179PS electric motor developed under the aegis of McLaren Applied Technologies. A lightweight battery pack harvests energy under throttle lift-off, and can also be charged either from a wall outlet or by the engine itself. Collectively, the new M838TQ powertrain is capable of delivering 916PS and a staggering 900Nm of torque, taking it from 0-100km/h in just 2.8 seconds. The car reaches 300 km/h in 16.5 seconds making it 5.5 seconds faster than the iconic McLaren F1.

However, the McLaren P1™ is far more than a list of impressive numbers.  As important as absolute power is the electric motor’s ability to provide instant torque, filling torque gaps in the power curve to eradicate turbo-lag and create a sharper throttle response. Thanks to this superb driveability, the McLaren P1™ has joined the tiny elite of production cars to lap the fearsome Nürburgring Nordschleife in under seven minutes.

McLaren is a pioneer that continuously pushes the boundaries.

Having in 1981 introduced lightweight and strong carbon fibre chassis into Formula 1 with the McLaren MP4/1. Then in 1993 it designed and built the McLaren F1 road car – the company has not built a car without a carbon fibre chassis since. As part of the Ultimate Series, McLaren was the first to deliver a hybrid hypercar, the McLaren P1™.

Announced at Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2018, the company’s Track25 business plan will see it invest £1.2billion in research and development to deliver 18 new cars or derivatives by the end of 2025.

2017 saw the company launch further models including the second-generation Super Series, the 570S Spider and the McLaren Senna. In 2018, the company launched the 600LT.

To support the development, engineering and manufacture of its range of innovative sportscars and supercars, McLaren Automotive partners with world leading companies to provide specialist expertise and technology. These include AkzoNobel, Kenwood, Pirelli and Richard Mille.

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