Report: McLaren to launch a new sports car every year

A senior executive at McLaren Automotive says that the company is planning to follow up with a ‘much broader’ range of high-end sports cars after the introduction of the new 2012 McLaren MP4-12C.

McLaren Managing Director Antony Sheriff said that with the use of lightweight materials, like carbon fiber, and other advanced technologies, the company should be able to meet strict fuel economy and emissions standards. He said that McLaren has been looking into integrating battery-based propulsion systems into some of its future offerings.

“Between the various models (under development), we’ll have something new about once a year,” he said.

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Sheriff declined to give info on future product programs but he said that the company will “stick to building two-seat sports cars” to make use of “a whole room of Formula One technology” McLaren has available.

It’s been previously reported that McLaren is planning a convertible version of the MP4-12C along with an entry-level Porsche 911 competitor.

Refresher: The 2012 McLaren Mp4-12C is powered by a 3.8L twin-turbo V8 making 592-hp at 7,000 rpm with a maximum torque of 443 lb-ft between 3,000 rpm to 7,000 rpm. That allows the McLaren MP4-12C to run from 0-62 mph in 3.3 seconds with a top speed clocked in at 205 mph. The Corsa tire option shaves 0.2 seconds off the 0-62 mph time. 0 to 124 mph takes 9.1 seconds and with the Corsa tire option that goes down by 0.2 seconds. The quarter mile run takes the McLaren MP4-12C  10.9 seconds at 134 mph. Stopping from 62 mph can happen in 100 feet. Price start at $231,400.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: Detroit Bureau