McLaren Automotive is reporting strong growth, as its sales volume almost doubled during the previous year; from 1,654 sold cars in 2015 to 3,286 cars in 2016. To keep that upward trajectory a reality, the company is aiming to overhaul its powertrain technology with help from BMW Group along with other strategic partners.
In a statement of intent published today, McLaren is announcing a project to develop "new combustion technology that will produce a higher output per capacity than currently possible", while still achieving reduced CO2 output. The project is backed and partially funded by the UK Government, through theAdvanced Propulsion Centre
. The APC is a think tank formed in 2013, itself standing as a 10-year joint effort between the UK Government and the automotive industry. We're reaching out to McLaren for clarification on what technology the group might be pursuing.
The McLaren-led project consists of six partners. The first are engine-manufacturing partnerRicardo
and BMW Group, and casting experts Grainger & Worrallwho also produce parts for Aston Martin DB11 engines
. Then there isLentus Composites
with their material know-how, and the University of Bath, who will be utilized for their advanced R&D capabilities. The project is sure to boost the existing credibility of the middle of England as an advanced automotive technology powerhouse, and it will be interesting to see which kind of power figures the end products will churn out – and in what kind of bodies the high-tech engines will be mounted.Related Video:
via Autoblog January 31, 2017 at 02:29AM