McLaren has been taking the automotive headlines by a storm. The auto giant is expected to launch another car in 2018. McLaren Racing Limited, which competes as McLaren-Honda, is an English Formula One brand based at the McLaren Technology Centre in Surrey, England. The auto-company is popularly known for Formula One construction. However, they’ve also competed in and won several Challenge competitions.
McLaren is the second oldest active Formula One team after Ferrari, and they’re one of the most successful trademarks in Formula One history, winning 12 drivers’ championships, 182 races and 8 constructors’ titles. It is a wholly owned by McLaren Technology Group. Founded in 1963 by Bruce McLaren, McLaren won its maiden Grand Prix during the Belgian Grand Prix of 1968.T heir earliest triumph occurred in Can-Am. They dominated between 1967 and 1971.
But enough about their racing heritage. We’re here to dish about their upcoming supercar which is slated to replace the 650S in 2018:
The McLaren P14
Despite the fact that McLaren just launched the 650S last year, by 2018 the aging supercar will be four years old. The 12C underpinnings that are largely based on it will have been in existence for around seven years. A closer look at the timeframes suggests that it should come as no surprise that work is underway to launch its replacement. The McLaren 650S’s successor, the P14, is slated to be released in 2018.
The McLaren P14 is expected to be built on a carbon monocoque body, and it’s believe that it’ll be powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine. Frank Stephenson and his dream team are also said to be formulating a new design. It’ll contrast sharply with the theme that has commonly characterized the P1, 570S (Sports Series) and 650S (Super Series). We expect that shape to point the way forward for future McLaren models.
The McLaren 650S was introduced in February 2014 as a new supercar model in the offing. It’s based on the traditional McLaren MP4-12C with only 25% new parts. It was formally unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. The supercar uses the MP4-12C’s Carbon fiber polymer chassis and is powered by the McLaren M838T 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that puts out 641HP. Power is transmitted to the wheels via a seven-speed, Seamless-Shift dual-clutch gearbox. The McLaren 650S has a top speed of 207mph, can accelerate from 0-60 in under three seconds, and delivers 95% of peak torque between 3000-7000rpm.
It’s safe to assume that output of the P14 will surpass the 641HP of the 650S, and probably even the 666HP of the earlier 675LT. By the time the supercar is launched, it will have to compete with supercars from other auto manufacturers, including the Lamborghini Huracán and the Ferrari 488 GTB. The equivalent supercars produce 661HP and 602HP respectively in their present iterations. However, it remains to be seen whether the forthcoming Super Series model will apply hybrid propulsion like its equivalent, the P1.
One of the experts who has talked about the McLaren P14 is Frank Stephenson, a veteran Norwegian automobile designer who’s known for his 2001 historic design of the coveted Mini Hatch. He also contributed a lot in designing award-winning masterpieces at Fiat, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and McLaren. Automotive manufacturers consider him as among of most influential automotive designers of all times. The legendary automotive designer has already tipped the McLaren P14 supercar to be even crazier. The McLaren P14 is also expected to be available as a hard-top convertible Spider. The price of a McLaren 650S is $486,250, and it’s safe to assume that its successor will command an even higher price.
McLaren Future Products
The formula one automotive manufacturer is proving to be very innovative. The company segment named as the McLaren Applied Technologies is said to be developing wearable technology that collects personal data in real time as well as applying complex analytics to forecast future outcomes generate logical suggestions for lifestyle enhancement.
All the MAT’s designs are controlled by data in measuring and identifying performance gains. The state-of-the-art strategy helps the company to create intelligent products that feature out-of-this-world design and deliver new height of performance. The rate of innovation from McLaren and its competitors is incredible.
I can’t wait to see how the McLaren P14 turns out. And of course, to see how it fairs in the supercar battle against the Ferrari 488GTB!
Matthew Young is a freelance automotive journalist and blogger hailing from Boston. He is passionate about everything on four wheels and new, emerging tech in the industry. When Matthew is not busy writing about cars or awesome new technology, he spends time fiddling with his camera and learning about photography.