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McLaren Automotive inadvertently dropped a hint about its future hybrid intentions by posting a job opening for an electrical engineer that will work on, "concept, design and development of the electrical package and wiring system for a hybrid electric vehicle." The posting offers a few clues about where the automaker might be headed with future vehicles, but it's unclear which hybrid path the British sportscar company will take. It's possible that McLaren could modify the KERS system found in its Formula 1 race car, but there are plenty of other options at the company's disposal as well. As our friends at Autoblog wrote, 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.
Autocar reached out to McLaren to confirm whether or not the job posting implied that the company was planning on adding hybrid technology to its road cars. A company spokesman offered this nondescript reply:
Last summer, McLaren posted a job opening for a senior engineer in powertrain hybrid technology. When queried by Autocar, a McLaren spokesman responded:Hybrid technology is something that we are looking at and assessing. It is something we are interested in.
We will read into it, thank you, and we're led believe that McLaren has strong interest in developing hybrid road cars. We also expect the company to reveal its plans soon. Until then, it's just another job posting. Okay?It [hybrid technology] is something we want as a forward-thinking, technology-driven company. We have been considering it for future projects. All the advert means is that we are looking for a senior engineer in powertrain hybrid technology. Read into it what you will.