Report: McLaren planning hybrid supercars

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McLaren Chairman Ron Dennis recently announced plans for a new facility that will build a “range of high-performance, high-technology sports cars.” The McLaren Production Center (MPC), will be capable of building 20 McLaren sports cars per day while creating 800 new jobs.

McLaren said that the MPC will release its first “high performance and highly efficient sports car” in early 2011. That schedule points to the release of the much talked about 500-hp P11 (codename) that is currently being tested in Woking.

UK publication AutoCar has now found the biggest hint that McLaren may incorporate hybrid technology on future supercar models, although it is to early to speculate that the P11 may carry any sort of hybrid system.

The supercar company is advertising a position for a senior engineer in powertrain hybrid technology on its website. The role requires the candidate to “lead the technical assessment, integration and application of appropriate hybrid powertrain technology.”

A McLaren spokesman said: “It (hybrid technology) is something we want as a forward-thinking, technology-driven company. We have been considering it for future projects. All the advert means is that we are looking for a senior engineer in powertrain hybrid technology. Read into it what you will.”

Guess we’ll have to wait and find out.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: AutoCar