McLaren has revealed a schedule for the next six years, the Track22 Business Plan, which will see it invest $US1.4billion into R&D for new models. There will be the three core cars – Sports, Super and Ultra Series, just as there are now, and these will spawn some 15 new variants. The company is also working on a new power unit, and increasing its scope with hybrid technology.
Lexus revealed more details of its LC 500h at Geneva. The hybridised version of the LC 500, the h gets a 3.5-litre Atkinson-cycle V6 engine paired with two electric motors, and a lithium-ion battery pack for a max output of 265kW. This is somewhat less than the 351kW of the real LC 500. The new Multi Stage Hybrid System has an e-CVT incorporating two electric motors but adds a conventional four-speed automatic as well, intended to help make the 500h respond like the V8 powered, ten-speed 500. No performance or eco creds have been revealed however.