• Sep 13, 2010
McLaren MP4-12C - Click above for high-res image gallery

Last summer, McLaren Automotive posted a job vacancy for a senior engineer specializing in hybrid powertrain technology. This summer there's a new hybrid-related posting: one for an electrical engineer of hybrid electric vehicle systems. McLaren has made no secret of looking into hybrid propulsion, so this isn't exactly unexpected, it just reminds us the firm is very serious about it. According to a report in Autocar, McLaren wants to stay in the race with the hybrid systems that Lamborghini and Ferrari have mentioned.

The House of Ron Dennis plans to launch three cars in five variations over the next few years, but unlike Ferrari and Lamborghini, it only plans to sell 4,000 per year. It will be interesting to see what the English firm comes up with, knowing that McLaren aims to innovate and win, not merely keep up. We also wonder how closely it could tie into a KERS system from the Formula 1 team, a la Williams providing the solution for the Porsche GT3 R Hybrid.


Photos Copyright © 2010 Drew Philips
[Source: Autocar]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Not everything McLaren, Lotus, and Porsche develop is for use in their street cars. These companies develop technology for their race cars, and for licensing to other manufacturers. Therefore, this does not necessarily mean McLaren will produce a hybrid MP4-12C. Maybe they will, or maybe it's for something unrelated.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Amen to that 'erh'!

        Autoblog's racing journalists need to have more meetings with their consumer journalists. Please take note of the proposed changes to the forthcoming rules in Formula 1. Specifically the engine changes: 1.6L 4cyl Turbo engines with a possible hybrid twist for 2013.

        So what address should I send your 'jump to conclusions mat' Autoblog?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why are you complaining? Mclaren is one of the most focused automotive companies out there, and they would only implement a hybrid system if made a significant improvement on the driving feel, outweighing the gain in mass.