Every new car that leaves supercar-maker McLaren’s Woking factory will be a hybrid from 2025.
The ambitious target was announced by the P1 hypercar builder this week as it proclaimed it will launch 18 new models in the next seven years, as part of a £1.2billion project.
However, it did say that some ‘Ultimate Series’ models – built in limited numbers for around seven-figure sums – might still rely solely on internal combustion engines.
18 new models in 7 years: McLaren has set an ambitious target of creating a batch of new cars by 2025, all of which will use hybrid powertrains
One of the new 18 cars it will produce will be the P1 replacement, which will come in 2025 and join the ranks alongside the recently released £750,000 Senna.
Another model to tick off the list will be the eagerly anticipated three-seat BP23.
This is being touted as the natural successor to the original F1 and is due to be revealed later this year.
The remaining cars will be new entry-level Sport Series models and the more expensive Super Series range, both of which make up the majority of the 3,400 cars the British brand sells each year currently.
The project, called Track25, commits £1.2 billion to the target and also helps McLaren to develop new augmented driving features and help develop a lighter, superfast-charging, high-power battery system for performance applications that is expected to have over 30 minutes of electric range around a race track.
Mike Flewitt, McLaren Automotive CEO, said: ‘Everyone at McLaren Automotive remains constant in their focus of designing and crafting the world’s best drivers’ cars.
‘True to McLaren’s spirit, however, our ambitions, continue to grow and our £1.2billion Track25 business plan which covers 18 new models, including a new McLaren P1, is clear proof of that.’
Mike Flewitt, McLaren Automotive CEO, pictured during the £1.2million Track25 project announcement
The McLaren Composite Technology Centre is due to open later this year as part of a new investment to create the lightest components on the market
Flewitt also discussed a new £50 million investment in the manufacturing of future lightweight technologies that will be developed at the soon-to-open McLaren Composites Technology Centre.
Once fully operational, it will man more than half (57 per cent) of McLaren components will be UK sourced.
‘We are a luxury brand that is committed to investing in innovation, whether that’s in the development and manufacture of our own carbon fibre tubs as part of a new £50m British-based production centre, new powertrains with our entire range due to be hybrid by 2025 or the deployment of technology to enhance the driving and owning experience,’ the McLaren chief exec added.
One of the 18 cars will be the P1 replacement that arrives in 2025. It will join the recently released Senna Ultimate Series model and forthcoming BP23 three-seater as part of the Ultimate Series range
The announcement by McLaren confirmed it would be staying faithful to the core idea of creating and hand-assembling the world’s best mid-engined sportscars.
This suggests the British brand has little intention to follow rivals like Ferrari and Lamborghini into the prosperous SUV sector.
The new investment should also see production outputs almost double to 6,000 units by 2025 and retain the brand’s existing 2,500 global employees.
Mr Flewitt added: ‘As a global brand we are set to add more retailers in both existing and exciting new markets as demand for our products continues to grow.
‘While our plan sets the direction for the next seven years to take us through to the middle of the next decade, we need to also pause and acknowledge the great effort, ingenuity and competitive spirit of all of our incredible people on which our success, both now and in the future, rests.’
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