McLaren range going hybrid over coming decade, CEO says
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The head of McLaren believes that, within ten years, at least half of the company's model range will feature hybrid drivetrains.
"I have said in 10 years I expect half of our cars to be hybrids, but I actually think it will be faster," Mike Flewitt, CEO of McLaren, told Auto Express at an event announcing the company's financial results.
"And I think it could be more than half."
Flewitt admitted that if price and weight issues are sorted, he would have hybrid drivetrains in all of the company's models as"[McLaren's] strategy is to use technology to produce the best driving cars".
At present the only McLaren models to feature hybrid drivetrains are its Ultimate Series models: the road-going P1 and the track-only P1 GTR. Both cars are equipped with a 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 mated to an electric motor, battery pack and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
It's expected that McLaren will add at least one new model or derivative every year to its lineup, with GT and Spyder versions of the Sports Series next on the hit list. There will also, reportedly, be an addition that to Ultimate Series range, which will be tasked with bridging the not-inconsiderable gap between the 650S and P1.