McLaren unveils new lightweight chassis

By JAY WONG | 25 August 2020

LONDON: McLaren Automotive has introduced its new vehicle architecture that will become the base of the company's next-generation of electrified supercars.

Much like the MonoCell chassis used in the company's 12C range of vehicles, the new carbon fibre composite architecture has been completely developed and engineered in-house in Sheffield, UK at the brand's £50mil (RM270mil) state-of-the-art McLaren Composites Technology Centre (MCTC).

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The new lightweight architecture will be able to accommodate new future hybrid powertrains and has been earmarked for use in the company's new hybrid supercar due to arrive in 2021.

Characteristics of the new architecture boasts of lightweight construction and greater structural rigidity as well as safety levels as they begin to transition towards 100% electrified supercars.

“For us, light-weighting and electrification go hand-in-hand to achieve better performance as well as more efficient vehicles,” said McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt.