When McLaren first launched the P1 back in 2012, the hybrid-hypercar became as one of the members of the so-called “holy trinity”, the two others being Porsche 918 and the Ferrari LaFerrari.
Unlike most supercars which relied solely on an internal combustion engine, these three benefitted from hybrid technology to produce impressive amounts of horsepower and torque. And thanks to electrification, such vehicles generally don't produce as much CO2 emissions if the power unit wasn't a hybrid.
Eight years on, and McLaren is ready to reveal an all-new hybrid performance car. McLaren is calling it the Artura, and says it will build on the success and expertise of the P1 and the Speedtail GT and will serve as the company's first High-Performance Hybrid (HPH).
“Every element of the Artura is all-new – from the platform architecture and every part of the High-Performance Hybrid powertrain to the exterior body, interior and cutting-edge driver interface – but it draws on decades of McLaren experience in pioneering super-lightweight race and road car technologies to bring all of our expertise in electrification to the supercar class,” said Mike Flewitt, CEO of McLaren Automotive.
Exact details regarding the all-new Artura remain a mystery. However, McLaren did mention that the Artura marks the debut of an all-new twin-turbo V6 that will be paired to an electric motor. This also marks McLaren's departure from solely using their famous twin-turbo V8 that can be found on every model. Despite having fewer cylinders, McLaren claims that the V6 will provide improved torque response at low engine speeds. Moreover, the Artura can run on electric power alone for emission-free driving.
Besides getting a new six-cylinder under the hood, the Artura will be the first car to be built on an all-new platform architecture specifically designed for electrification. It will come with weight-saving technologies throughout the chassis, body, and powertrain.
More details about the all-new McLaren Artura will be revealed in the coming months. Sales, on the other hand, will begin in the first half of 2021. This means we might not have to wait long for McLaren to actually reveal the Artura.