Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: McLaren | posted September 24, 2015 16:50
BMW M boss says BMW-McLaren supercar not happening
The hopes of seeing a BMW-McLaren collaboration on a new supercar has all gone up in smoke after BMW M boss Frank van Meel stated that they haven't received any information about it from the top brass of the company or from McLaren.
Speaking to Motoring AU, Meel stated that the rumored concept was just born out of pure fantasy.
“I haven’t had a phone call, Harald Krüger hasn’t had a phone call and Klaus Fröhlich (BMW Research and Development Director, hasn’t had a phone call. We haven't made one either, and we don't have plans to,” said Meel.
Meel added though that they admire McLaren and what they are doing right now.
“We admire McLaren and we have obviously worked with them in the past, but there is nothing on the agenda,” said Meel.
From the previous report, it was hinted that BMW was in talks with McLaren of jointly-developing a mid-engined V8 supercar that will utilize the carbon fiber chassis of the next-gen 650S (codenamed P16).
But for BMW, the i8 plug-in hybrid sports car is still the company's halo car as it is fitted with the company's latest tech and was heavily invested upon by the automaker.
Note: Pictured above is the McLaren F1 that is powered by a V12 motor produced by BMW
Source: Motoring AU