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McLaren is the Mexican restaurant of the automobile world. Earlier than you get all up in arms defending McLaren, simply give it some thought now. When you go to a Mexican restaurant, you’re going to finish up with some mixture of cheese, meat, greens, and beans on, in, or below tortilla. When you purchase a McLaren, they’re all constructed on the identical chassis and use some variant of the identical thirty-year-old Nissan V8 engine. Some are hybrid, some have a prime that opens, some have holes in the doors, some go tremendous quick, however at their base your complete McLaren lineup for the final ten years has been at its core the identical automobile.

By my account Mexican meals is excellent, and mixing these elements in a unique order makes for some unbelievable taste combos and I’m right here for it. It could appear that McLaren is comparable in that every little thing it builds from these core elements are world-class. To recap: Mexican meals good, McLaren additionally good.

Each McLaren from the MP4-12C to the Speedtail has been based mostly on the identical MonoCell carbon tub structure. A number of years in the past, for the P1, McLaren launched a strengthened model of the MonoCell known as the MonoCage, however it’s nonetheless principally the identical shit. That’s, till now. McLaren is ranging from scratch for its subsequent technology of sports activities, tremendous, and hyper automobiles. This one is allegedly lighter, stronger, safer, and constructed particularly for accomodating hybrid powertrains. That’s necessary, as a result of McLaren is aiming to transition to 100 p.c electrified supercars within the close to future, be they hybrid or battery-electric.

This new chassis doesn’t have a elaborate new title but, however relaxation assured it’s going to quickly. McLaren developed this whole chassis in-house at its new McLaren Composites Know-how Centre in Sheffield.

There’s little or no details about the brand new chassis accessible, however McLaren says it is going to be launching a brand new hybrid supercar subsequent 12 months based mostly on this new structure.

Right here’s what McLaren Automotive’s CEO, Mike Flewitt, needed to say concerning the new chassis design.

“The brand new ground-breaking automobile structure is each bit as revolutionary because the MonoCell chassis we launched with the corporate’s first automobile, the 12C, after we first launched into making manufacturing autos a decade in the past.

“This new, ultra-lightweight carbon fibre chassis boasts better structural integrity and better ranges of high quality than ever earlier than with our new MCTC facility shortly changing into acknowledged as a world heart of excellence in composite supplies science and manufacturing.

“Our superior expertize in gentle weight composites processes and manufacturing mixed with our expertise in cutting-edge battery expertise and high-performance hybrid propulsion programs means we’re ideally positioned to ship to clients ranges of electrified high-performance motoring that till now have merely been unattainable.”