Those who are not particularly interested in cars probably do not know that the model range of McLaren consists of three different lines: Sports Series, Super Series and Ultimate Series. Super Series is where the history of modern McLaren began when company introduced 12C supercar. Now, however, came time for a brand new replacement.
The truth of the matter is that McLaren Super Series is getting old. 12C was introduced back in 2011 and even though it was facelifted dramatically with the introduction of 650S, it is still technically the same car. The main components and structure remained the same, even though the body panels changed and cars became faster and more capable. McLaren in the meantime grew up, produced some astonishing limited run supercars (such as 675LT and P1) and competition changed as well. Now there is a new Audi R8, Ferrari 488 GTB, Honda NSX and Porsche has not been wasting its time either. Even though 650S can still compete with these cars, McLaren knows it is time for a new car.
And so this year at the Geneva International Motor Show we will see a completely new replacement for current Super Series supercars. It is part of the company’s Track22 Business Plan, which includes 15 new cars. And it will be new – it will be built on an entirely new carbon fibre Monocage II body structure. With just 1,283 kg of dry weight it will be extremely light weight – lighter than its main competitors and lighter than McLaren 650S with comparable specification. Furthermore, it will also be easier to live with. This new body structure will allow for more interior room and a wider cabin entrance. Even though many automotive journalists in the past praised excellent visibility from McLaren cars, this one should improve on that as well.
So far there is no information on the dynamics of the new supercar. However, knowing it will have a McLaren badge and will be an improvement over the already impressive 650S is telling a lot. McLaren Automotive CEO, Mike Flewitt, said: “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”. There is a possibility of some kind of electric drive involved besides a conventional engine, because McLaren gathered a lot of experience in its P1 project.
The centre of gravity will also be lower. Car should corner very well because of it, reduced weight and rigid structure. More information will be released in March and many people will be waiting for that information with high expectations – but will McLaren meet them?