British auto manufacturer McLaren is tantalizing aficionados of amazing supercars and electric innovation with news that it’s investing $1.4 billion in powertrain development. There are reports the automaker has an eye toward creating a limited production all-electric supercar.
This car promises to be a notch above the lightweight limited edition 675LT, but perhaps not as stunning as the legendary P1. McLaren has plans to introduce a successor to the highly successful P1 in 2023, but in the meantime, may add an all-electric to its highest performing Ultimate Series bracket.
Given McLaren’s reputation for high quality and well-finessed supercars, expect an electric offering to bring the same incredible performance from the high-end brand for which it is world-renowned.
The impetus to create an EV as exciting as the 675LT is an imperative. Speculation is running rampant that McLaren may well produce the first EV production car to push past 200 mph, meaning enthusiasts, in choosing an EV, will not have to compromise the rip-roaring performance they’ve come to love and expect.
McLaren Race Circuit Ready All-Electric Supercar a Possibility
One of the traits that make McLaren ideally positioned to create a successful high performance all-electric is their extensive proficiency in lightweight carbon fiber and the intense cooling needs of a race ready supercar. Added to McLaren’s reputation for obsessive engineering, all signs point to their ability to create an amazing battery powered supercar that can be truly competitive on the racing circuit – a feat that has yet to be achieved by other manufacturers.
While all-electrics and hybrids have seen popularity skyrocket in recent years, they continue to occupy a very small share of the auto market – just 0.5% in Japan, 1% in Great Britain and 1.5% in the US. Electrics have fared better in the Netherlands and the Norway, occupying 9.6% and 22.4% respectively. Top sellers in this category include the relatively mundane Nissan Leaf and the similarly uninteresting Toyota Prius.
According the National Research Council, there are a number of factors that have contributed to the underwhelming response to electrics, including limited driving range on a single charge, the lack of a widespread charging infrastructure, and a perception of much less power than that offered by engines that run on fossil fuel.
It’s a serious engineering feat to create an electric car that offers the thrills and chills equal to high performance internal combustion engines. Still, automaker Tesla broke down some barriers with their lightning fast all-electric sports sedan. There’s no better carmaker than McLaren to work the magic needed to build an electric supercar that performs on a level to compete with top dogs like Lamborghini, Ferrari, and even gas-powered McLarens.
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