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There's a lot that's ground-breaking in the McLaren P1, not the least of it being its mind-bending performance. But so is its hybrid powertain. Aside from its Formula One racers, the P1 is the first hybrid McLaren ever made. But it won't be the last.

Speaking with CEO Mike Flewitt, Edmunds reports that McLaren won't reserve its hybrid technology just for its flagship hypercar, but will integrate electric propulsion into every one of its models within ten years' time. In fact, it may even do a fully electric car as well.

Of course that's a long-term vision for a company that's only been in operation (at least in its current form) for about five years. In that time it has launched the 12C, the P1 and the 650S. Soon it will add a new "entry-level" model internally known as P13, tipped to debut at the Geneva Motor Show next March, that will be more accessible in terms of price and performance. And it will – sometime within the next ten years – succeed the P1 with a P15 that will cost about half of the six-figure P1. Just what it has in mind for P14, however, remains a big question mark.


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      KeiCarLvr
      • 10 Months Ago
      Good. I'm glad that more and more exotic and luxury car makers are embracing this technology, as they can push it to new levels that everyone will eventually benefit from.
      Kevin Potts
      • 10 Months Ago
      Cutting edge sports car company using cutting edge powertrain....makes sense to me.
        itsme38269
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Kevin Potts
        Cutting the edge of 1999, maybe. Hybrid is old news.
        itsme38269
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Kevin Potts
        Cutting the edge of 1999, maybe. Hybrid is old news.
        itsme38269
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Kevin Potts
        Cutting the edge of 1999, maybe. Hybrid is old news.
      Awhattup
      • 10 Months Ago
      Tesla, you reading this?
        BipDBo
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Awhattup
        Tesla doesn't sell and sportscars and McLaren will likely never sell any sedans, luxury cars or SUVs. Also, McLaren is cleanly in a much pricier category. If and when Tesla ever makes another roadster, they may feel some heat from McLaren. I'd say that Elon should be more encouraged to see a potential partner rather than to fear an adversary.
      EVSUPERHERO
      • 10 Months Ago
      They went all hybrid on everyone for pure conservation of fuel, I am sure. So very environmental of you McLaren, thank you.
      Kevin Potts
      • 10 Months Ago
      Cutting edge sports car company using cutting edge powertrain....makes sense to me.
      carguy1701
      • 10 Months Ago
      Not sure if want. Hopefully they can make regen brakes not suck.
        Aaron N
        • 10 Months Ago
        @carguy1701
        Or hopefully you can actually drive these cars and not just base your opinion on the stigma that hybrids have gathered over the years.
          carguy1701
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Aaron N
          Also, I'm pretty sure you haven't driven a McLaren either.
          carguy1701
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Aaron N
          Also, I'm pretty sure you haven't driven a McLaren either.
          carguy1701
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Aaron N
          Also, I'm pretty sure you haven't driven a McLaren either.
          carguy1701
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Aaron N
          Also, I'm pretty sure you haven't driven a McLaren either.
      BipDBo
      • 10 Months Ago
      I've always thought their battery design odd. It has a high CG. I would think it would be better to use a lower T-shaped design like in the volt. A floor pack probably would not be best because it would raise the seats and therefore the roof, increase the roof height and aero drag. They could also lower CG slightly and possibly lower total weight slightly by changing the V8 to some sort of flat boxer.
      Shahul X
      • 10 Months Ago
      Mercedes makes their current F1 hybrid engine and Honda next year
      carguy1701
      • 10 Months Ago
      Not sure if want. Regen braking is what kills most hybrids for me (lack of a progressive pedal).
      carguy1701
      • 10 Months Ago
      Not sure if want. Hopefully they can make regen brakes not suck.
      OptimusPrimeRib
      • 10 Months Ago
      If they're as good as the P1 then who cares. If you get the same or better performance with an increase in fuel then what's the problem?
      danfred311
      • 10 Months Ago
      hardly aggressive. I think they will have to accelerate that time line quite a bit or get run over by less stagnant minds.
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