As part of the company’s ongoing Track22 strategy, a host of McLaren models will adopt hybridization in the coming years. The first in this new line of hybrids will be an all-new Sports Series models.
Speaking to Autocar, McLaren boss Mike Flewitt confirmed that the revised Monocell II architecture to be used by the next 570S has been designed for a hybrid powertrain from the outset.
“Hybrid design is part of the next platform – it is designed-in from day one rather than having to adapt an existing chassis”, he said.
As for the vehicle’s self-driving ability, Flewitt didn’t say much other than confirming that the brand will be careful with what kind of autonomous technology it will implement in its vehicles: “We will be selective. Autonomy in its own right isn’t that appealing to our customers, but we need to have capabilities designed in for safety, legislation and emissions.”
The McLaren 570S only arrived in 2015, but McLaren, unlike its rivals, has a 4 to 5 year lifecycle for its models. Before a successor to the 570S lands, it is possible that a hardcore LT variant could be launched as a swansong to Woking’s entry-level model.