McLaren on track to fu­ture with new gen­er­a­tion

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - MOTORING NEWS -

A NEW era will be­gin for the McLaren Au­to­mo­tive brand this year.

The com­pany will launch of the se­cond gen­er­a­tion of its Su­per Se­ries at the 87th Geneva In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor Show.

This will be the first of the 15 new cars cited in the com­pany’s Track22 Busi­ness Plan and the se­cond-gen­er­a­tion Su­per Se­ries is also the first re­place­ment of a prod­uct fam­ily by the Bri­tish man­u­fac­turer of lux­ury sports and su­per­cars.

McLaren Au­to­mo­tive CEO, Mike Fle­witt said: “Su­per Se­ries is the core of the McLaren busi­ness and per­son­i­fies the blend of ex­treme per­for­mance, crafted lux­ury and un­par­al­leled driver in­volve­ment that is the McLaren heart­land.

“This is the first time we have re­placed a prod­uct fam­ily and the new Su­per Se­ries will be ab­so­lutely true to McLaren’s pi­o­neer­ing spirit in be­ing a rev­o­lu­tion­ary leap for­wards, both for our brand and the su­per­car seg­ment.”

The new Su­per Se­ries is cre­ated around an ul­tra­lightweight, car­bon fi­bre cen­tral struc­ture. Im­mensely rigid, yet weigh­ing less than the car­bon fi­bre and metal cock­pit ar­chi­tec­ture of the first-gen­er­a­tion Su­per Se­ries, the Monocage II con­trib­utes to a light­est dry weight of just 1,283kg for the new car – lower than the clos­est com­peti­tor and 18kg lighter than a McLaren 650S with com­pa­ra­ble spec­i­fi­ca­tion.

The de­vel­op­ment of Monocage II has al­lowed McLaren to in­cor­po­rate a wider cabin en­trance and lower sill to im­prove ac­cess into a driver en­vi­ron­ment that will of­fer ex­cel­lent all-round vis­i­bil­ity.

The new chas­sis struc­ture also en­ables a lower cen­tre of grav­ity, fur­ther sharp­en­ing the dy­namic per­for­mance of the new Su­per Se­ries.

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