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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.

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