Another top-tier supercar maker is further validating the plug-in hybrid concept by augmenting its successor to its ultimate speed machine with an electric motor.
McLaren’s P1, the follow-up to its iconic F1 Supercar – a gas-powered model Tesla CEO Elon Musk once owned and was inspired by – will not be all-electric, but will benefit from a potent electric boost.
Not that it actually needs it, given its twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 derived from McLaren’s MP4-12C already produces 727 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque, the P1 will nonetheless get 176 horsepower and 192-pound-feet of torque of additional electrified assistance.
The proprietary 212-pound electric motor made in-house by McLaren Electronics therefore adds more power than a Toyota Prius has altogether yielding a combined total of 903 horsepower and 664 pound-feet torque. The engine block will be cast to accept this motor whose batteries will be charged by the engine but able to be recharged by an external plug-in charger as well.
McLaren is the latest of the European elites to go hybrid in light of pressing emissions laws, concerns for the environment, and due to the inherent benefits of electric motors.
McLaren observes its motor ensures “instantaneous throttle response through the rev range, more akin to a naturally aspirated engine.”
Also, environmental boasting rights never before possible with purely turbocharged or supercharged solutions include potentially low or zero emissions during sedate driving. The vehicle is capable of traveling up to six miles (10 km) under all-electric power.
Of this, McLaren said “emissions of less than 200g/km on the combined cycle are reduced to zero in full electric drive mode.”
The car will also make use of Formula 1-derived Drag Reduction System (DRS) and Instant Power Assist System (IPAS) technologies which reduce the trim angle by 23 percent on the large and functional rear spoiler. The net effect, says McLaren, will be to cut aerodynamic drag and “offer an increase in straight-line speed and an instant boost of power. “