British automaker McLaren Automotive has announced that it is kicking off a project to 'design and develop technology for the next generation of powertrains.'

This effort will be done involving six partners that include the BMW Group, its engine manufacturing partner Ricardo, castings solutions expert Grainger and Worrall, composite products manufacturer Lentus Composites and the University of Bath with their advanced research and development capabilities in internal combustion engine systems efficiency.

The project is supported and part-funded by the UK Government through the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) and it aims to develop new combustion technology that will be applied to next-generation powertrains to produce higher output per capacity than currently possible while also reducing CO2 emissions and increasing engine yield.

McLaren to develop new high output, low emissions powertrains

After development, the new technology will be used in future McLaren engines and also further the UK's development and production capabilities of low-CO2 internal combution technology.

"This is an exciting project that plays to the strengths of all partners. McLaren Automotive has an exceptional reputation for building the world’s finest engines, as showcased by our M838T and its previous category wins in the International Engine of the Year awards. We will continue to independently design and build our own engines, and the benefits of this project will help us accelerate the development of our next generation of powertrain, as confirmed in our recently-announced Track22 business plan," said Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer of McLaren Automotive.