McLaren will replace its entry-level Sport Series range later this year with hybrid power
These spy shots reveal that McLaren is busy testing its replacement for the 570S. The British brand will overhaul its entry-level Sports Series range later this year, and the big news is that it’s going hybrid.
The production model won’t look like this – our spy shots show a test mule wearing the bodywork of the outgoing McLaren 570S. The finished product will sport an all-new exterior and interior design, which is being kept under wraps for now.
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However, there are a few visible changes between this test car and the standard McLaren 570S, including a pair of extended side skirts and a rudimentary high-mount exhaust system. The latter adjustment suggests this mule is being powered by an all-new powertrain – along with the bright orange “hybrid” sticker fixed to this development vehicle’s rear window.
It’s expected that McLaren’s new hybrid powertrain will comprise a smaller-capacity twin-turbocharged V6 and an electric motor. Like the old V8 engine, it’ll be developed by McLaren’s time-honoured engine partner, Ricardo.
The push towards hybrid drive forms part of McLaren’s £1.2 billion Track 25 business plan, which will see 18 new petrol-hybrid powered McLarens launched by 2025. The company says it is currently evaluating a new high-power battery pack for a full EV setup that will offer a claimed 30 minutes of electric range around a race track.
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