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McLaren investing £1B in R&D over new 6-year plan; 50% of cars to feature hybrid tech by 2022

Just over six years after the company was formed, McLaren Automotive outlined its Track22 Business Plan, taking it through the next six years through to 2022. McLaren Automotive will continue to focus purely on the development of two-seater sports and supercars. At least 50% of McLaren cars will feature hybrid technology by 2022.

Research engineers at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, England, are also in the early prototype stages of the development of a fully-electric powertrain to evaluate its possible use in a future generation of an Ultimate Series car.

At the heart of the Business Plan is a commitment to its industry-leading 20-25% of turnover invested in Research and Development for future products and technology. Over the six-year Business Plan period, this represents an investment of £1,000,000,000 and will lead to the launch of 15 all-new cars or derivatives. McLaren will also develop an all-new engine architecture that will debut towards the end of the Business Plan period.

Our next hybrid vehicle will launch towards the latter part of our six year plan, and we will see at least 50 percent featuring hybrid technology by 2022. Hybridization has obvious CO2 and fuel consumption advantages but for us, it is all about delivering the performance and enjoyment of a McLaren. But we won’t stop there. Our engineers have even started work on a one-off prototype to evaluate the possible benefits of a fully-electric powertrain in an Ultimate Series car; such is the pace of development.

—Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer of McLaren Automotive

The launch of the new 570GT at the Geneva Motor Show represents the culmination of new model introductions for 2016. McLaren also confirmed the addition of a Spider derivative within its Sports Series family in 2017. Following the positive reception of the 675LT Coupé and Spider models, which sold out in a matter of weeks, McLaren has also announced that ‘LT’ will become a track-focused sub-brand with further models in the future.

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