McLaren wants new powertrains

By CARSIFU | 1 February 2017

LONDON: McLaren Automotive has announced a strategic project to design and develop technology for the next generation of powertrains.

Working with a number of partners including BMW Group, the project will develop new combustion technology that will deliver a higher output per capacity than currently possible.

It also aims to further facilitate carbon dioxide (CO2) reductions while simultaneously increasing engine output.

The technology is destined for application in future McLaren engines.

The project, supported and part-funded by UK Government through the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), will also improve the UK’s development and production capabilities of low-CO2 internal combustion engine technology.

The project will be led by McLaren Automotive but involves a total of six partners.

McLaren Automotive will work with its existing engine manufacturing partner, Ricardo, and BMW Group while Grainger and Worrall will deliver complex, lightweight casting technology.

Lentus Composites will contribute knowledge in specialist composite structures.

Completing the syndicate is the University of Bath who bring their advanced research and development capabilities in internal combustion engine systems efficiency.

"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 of McLaren Automotive chief executive officer Mike Flewitt.