McLaren Might Build a 200-MPH Electric Supercar “As Exciting As a 675LT”

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McLaren Might Build a 200-MPH Electric Supercar “As Exciting As a 675LT”

The future of McLaren is electric. The hybrid P1 wasnt a fluke–it previews more hybrid supercars to come from the British brand. McLaren announced earlier this year that it was investing $1.4 billion into powertrain development, with a focus on electrification. Now, it seems that possibility might become a very fast reality. UK publication Auto Express reported Thursday that McLaren is working on a limited-production all-electric supercar to slot above the 675LT but below the P1. A McLaren insider told Auto Express that a successor to the P1 wont arrive until 2023, but that the company could add an all-electric car to its Ultimate Series, the automakers highest-performance bracket, which currently consists of only the P1. If McLaren ends up building such a car, itll need to be as good as everything the company currently offers—despite not being powered by internal combustion. “No one buys a McLaren because they need one. We know that,” said Auto Express unnamed McLaren source. “So we need to make an EV thats as exciting as a 675LT… An electric McLaren would need to manage 30 minutes on track with a 30-minute break before heading back out again.” AutoExpress also posits that this could be the first electric production car to break the 200-mph barrier. And if you think about it, McLaren is very well-positioned to make an all-electric supercar. The automakers extensive expertise in lightweight carbon fiber and the massive cooling needs of a track-ready supercar are imminently applicable here. Add in the obsessive engineering that McLaren is known for, and youve got a great recipe for a battery-powered supercar that can stand up to track duty—something no major automaker has attempted thus far. Still, if McLaren wants to attempt this, its going to be a major challenge. It will take a lot of effort to make an electric car feel as exciting as something with the sound and fury of a race-derived internal combustion engine. In other words, its one thing for Tesla to make a blindingly quick all-electric sports sedan. Itll be a whole different challenge for McLaren to build an electric supercar that can compete with Ferrari, Lamborghini, or even other McLarens. 

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  1. lortivar

    Let me just say I love that more money is being put into education, especially STEM related and I hope this becomes a trend. However, I agree fully with you orthancstone that I think they are confusing Computer Science with Programming. I mean, Alan Turing basically created Computer Science and he did it before there was essentially any compute1 to program. Computer Science has much more to do with math and algorithm design and analysis than programming a tic-tac-toe in Javascript.

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