//McLaren’s technology centre in Sheffield City Region develops new architecture for next supercar

Published 27th August 2020 at 11:26am

McLaren Automotive has revealed that the new architecture for its hybrid supercar has been engineered, developed and produced in-house at its state-of-the-art composites technology centre in the Sheffield City Region.

The new lightweight vehicle architecture will underpin McLaren’s next generation of electrified supercars, with the brand’s first new hybrid supercar set to be launched in 2021.

The new supercar will use innovative, world-first processes and techniques to strip out excess mass, reduce overall vehicle weight, while also further improving safety attributes.

It will underpin the next generation of McLaren hybrid models as the supercar company enters its second decade of series vehicle production.

Mike Flewitt, CEO of McLaren Automotive, explains: “The new ground-breaking vehicle architecture is every bit as revolutionary as the MonoCell chassis we introduced with the company’s first car, the 12C, when we first embarked on making production vehicles a decade ago.

“This new, ultra-light weight carbon fibre chassis boasts greater structural integrity and higher levels of quality than ever before with our new MCTC facility quickly becoming recognised as a global centre of excellence in composite materials science and manufacturing.

“Our advanced expertise in light weight composites processes and manufacturing, combined with our experience in cutting-edge battery technology and high-performance hybrid propulsion systems means we are ideally placed to deliver to customers’ level of electrified high performance motoring that until now have simply been unattainable.”

Mr Flewitt said the new architecture would enable McLaren to transition to 100 per cent electrified supercars.

“For us, light-weighting and electrification go hand-in-hand to achieve better performance as well as more efficient vehicles,” he said.

McLaren Automotive has its state of the art McLaren Composites Technology Centre based at Catcliffe in Sheffield.