It was not so long ago that McLaren supercar brand rose again to make one of the best supercars in the world. In fact, the first model from this renaissance, MP4-12C entered production in 2011 only. But now McLaren is making a broad range of mid-engine supercars. And now a time has come to introduce a replacement for the Super Series.
One has to bear in mind that McLaren has three ranges of cars that share the basic structure, but differ in price and performance. Sports Series are a bit cheaper and less powerful supercars, such as 540C, 570S and 570GT. These are all fairly new and should not be replaced soon. Then at the top of the company’s range there is Ultimate Series, which embodies hypercars – P1 and P1GTR. In the middle there is another lineage of cars, called Super Series, that contained MP4-12C and later its face-lifted models of 650S and 675LT. And, of course, there were numerous convertible versions of these cars.
650S still looks and is fresh. But other car manufacturers are coming up with new cars and McLaren feared it may feel dated soon. So a replacement is coming. Now McLaren revealed some features of its new chassis. It is a second generation of McLaren Proactive Chassis Control system, which does not need a roll bar. Company says that it provides the right balance between handling, grip and ride comfort. And it certainly has the needed technology. There are multiple sensors, to monitor position and grip of each wheel. The system then uses this information to set the ultimate damping for each wheel at every situation.
Mark Vinnels, Executive Director – Product Development, at McLaren Automotive, said: “Proactive Chassis Control II generates a significant amount of additional grip, but not at the expense of the balance and feel of the car”. This should mean that the car will be extremely capable on track and road alike. McLaren cars seem to be able to be both comfortable and track-focused at the same time, which is a rare combination. Couple of other interesting things – drivers will be able to choose Comfort, Sport, or Track chassis modes to make car behave like they want to in each situation. But there will also be a McLaren Variable Drift Control, which will let drivers to choose how much slip they want at the rear axle.
People are gossiping that the new McLaren supercar will develop astonishing 720 horse power, although that still has to be confirmed. The world will see the car on March 7 at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show. Then its new modern interior and exterior as well as technology will be revealed.