The idea is not new. Ferrari tested the LaFerrari and, more recently, the SF90; Porsche, with the 918 Spyder and McLaren, with the P1. Automotive composites have repeatedly demonstrated their effectiveness in increasing the performance potential of internal combustion engines. McLaren is now back with that idea, but with more accessibility.
Posted on 23 Feb. 2021
Here’s the Artura, the first ever model from the Woking manufacturer to be built on MCLA architecture featuring, you guessed it, carbon fiber. From the beginning, we play it safe in the design evolution of this supercar. Therefore, it is difficult to separate it at first glance from the 570S, the former entry-level model from McLaren. However, this is not a problem, you will agree. It remains compact and very well proportioned.
Get off the V8
Don’t worry, he is behind the scenes that this Artura wants to be revolutionary for McLaren. Introducing a plug-in hybrid engine that can travel around thirty kilometers, this supercar ditches the brand’s much-loved twin-turbo V8 for an all-new 3.0L V6 engine that’s always been placed in the middle, in the rear.
It has an elevation angle of 120 degrees to accommodate twin turbochargers in the middle of the V. With the electric motor mounted on a dual-clutch transmission (eight-speed), it produces 671 hp and 530 lb-ft of distributed torque. for rear wheels only.
The Artura will also have an electric heating and air conditioning system that works without an internal combustion engine. The Ethernet architecture will manage the constant flow of data between the various mechanical components, which will reduce the use of cables by 25% and, thus, the total weight of the car, as well as increasing the transfer speed.
Despite all these technical advances, this new model will still be light, at 1498 kg, which will allow 0-100 km/h in 3 s and a top speed of 330 km/h.
On sale starting in the third quarter of the year with prices starting at $277,000.