McLaren Developing All-Electric Ultimate Series Hypercar
First production run may be limited to five examples
McLaren is one of the most lauded names in hypercar history. It now leans heavily upon hybrid technology to help out the V8 engine in its range-topping P1, and plans to continue down that path until, by 2022, half of its lineup are high-power hybrids. At some point within the next few years,though, look out for a very exclusive all-electric model.
According to Autocar, the British automaker’s future electric plans have gone from using one as “a test bed only” to making a production model, albeit one that may only see extremely limited production.
Whereas some cars in its lineup sees hundreds of examples built, the publication’s secret source says it’s only considering five fabrications of the first electric model. Those would be handed over to a select group of current McLaren owners in exchange for what we assume is a generous amount of cash. They would then “drive them as part of the development process.”
Whenever it finally does land, it may find the battery-powered supercar landscape a little cluttered. Rimac Automobili, which is already putting its Concept_One in customer’s garages, has plans to follow up with a higher power, higher volume model. Next EV is taking in orders for its record-breaking Nio EP9. The Vanda Dendrobium, with its orchid biomimicry and 200 mile-per-hour top speed, is also attracting a small crowd of hopeful owners, their fists tightly grasping crinkled cheques. And that, of course, is to say nothing of what the traditional manufacturers have planned. Dare we mention the Aston Martin RapidE, now slated for 2019? (Spoiler alert*: we do, indeed, dare.) We won’t even bring up the MissionE from Porsche, since it will have seating for four and is expected to be produced in numbers much higher than a typical supercar (Oh, oops).
Despite the presence of competition, McLaren will no doubt be able to make its own unique statement within this narrow niche. We look forward to seeing how they plan to set themselves apart from the pioneers who have taken first-mover advantage for themselves.