- Sep 13, 2010
Rumormill: McLaren looking into hybrid tech for future sports cars
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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.
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