Taking The Wraps Of The First McLaren P1 In The US
In speaking with Edmunds, McLaren managing director Mike Flewitt revealed the automaker's intent to focus on plug-in vehicles going forward.
Flewitt made it know that, over the next ten years of so, McLaren will devote a lot of its resources to vehicles with electrification. The first McLaren plug-in vehicle, the P1, is already on sales. McLaren intends to build on its knowledge gained from developing the P1 to bring to market more plug-in hybrid and possibly even a pure electric supercar.
As Edmunds states:
"In 2017, the P13 will be joined by the P15, which sits above the 650S at $500,000-600,000. This car "is not a replacement for the P1," said Flewitt of the current McLaren flagship supercar."
"Instead, the P1's follow-up "needs to be a technical step-change — it could be 10 years away," he said."
Or, in other words, the flagship McLaren, which is the P1 plug-in hybrid, will remain the flagship until it's follow-up is launch in perhaps 10 years. This follow-up "needs a technical step change," which could imply that McLaren will wait for a battery breakthrough so that the P1 follow-up can be purely electric, yet capable of beating the P1's performance measures, while offering Tesla-like range or more.
Flewitt concludes that all future McLaren's "will be hybrids, even if some use a basic form of hybridization. We will offer two or three mainstream cars, plus some specialty models — something like the P1 or perhaps even a full-electric car."
Knowing that McLaren's primary focus is on performance, we believe that even the future McLaren that "use a basic form of hybridization" will be plug-in vehicles.