McLaren Artura name confirmed for 2021 high-performance hybrid

Cornelia Mascio
Novembre 24, 2020

McLaren first teased its next-gen high-performance hybrid early last month, showing off a very McLaren-like shape that's hiding a ton of new components.

Thee Artura is McLaren's first series production hybrid and descends from the company's limited runs of electrified hypercars first showcased in the McLaren P1 unveiled in 2012 and more recently the Speedtail Hyper-GT, which entered production this year as McLaren's fastest ever auto with a top speed of 403kmh.

McLaren has previously used names for only certain Ultimate Series models, including the Senna and Elva, both of which were linked to its motorsport heritage. We now know that those new parts will pair with a new name - Artura. The latest release says the Artura will "bring the full force of its expertise in hybrid powertrain engineering to the supercar class"; it has the P1 and Speedtail from which to draw lessons from, after all.

Even still, McLaren says Artura will be capable of performance levels we've come to expect from its range of larger-capacity V8 cars.

Confirming the new nameplate, McLaren boss Mike Flewitt said: "Every element of the Artura is all-new - from the platform architecture and every part of the High-Performance Hybrid powertrain, to the exterior body, interior and cutting-edge driver interface - but it draws on decades of McLaren experience in pioneering super-lightweight race and road vehicle technologies to bring all of our expertise in electrification to the supercar class". It will also offer "medium-range" electric-only running, which Autocar believes to be around 20 miles.

In order to offset the additional mass of the hybrid system, the British brand relied on weight-saving technologies throughout the chassis, body and powertrain.

Other plus points include improved torque response at low engine speeds to deliver "scintillating acceleration", and the new hybrid model can also run on electric power alone for emission-free urban journeys.

"Every element of the Artura is all-new - from the platform architecture and every part of the High-Performance Hybrid powertrain, to the exterior body, interior and cutting-edge driver interface - but it draws on decades of McLaren experience in pioneering super-lightweight race and road auto technologies to bring all of our expertise in electrification to the supercar class", said McLaren CEO, Mike Flewitt.

It's the first ground-up new McLaren since the MP4-12C of 2011, and it's created to sit between the GT and the 720S.

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