The new era of McLaren is underway. The launch of the Artura marks the beginning of a new chapter for the luxury supercar company that seeks to break tradition with the incorporation of new technologies and hybrid engines.
Following the McLaren philosophy, this new model brings together all the attributes of the British brand: distinctive design, performance, engineering innovation; with combined propulsion now delivering the added benefits such as faster acceleration, lower emissions and the ability to run about 30 kilometers in 100% electric mode.
Developed from the ground up, the Artura presented McLaren engineers and designers with new opportunities to innovate. The main focus was on preserving the super lightweight engineering philosophy, adding the hybrid powertrain elements, including an electric motor and a battery pack.
A demanding weight reduction program led to the debut of the new McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA) and compact HPH powertrain system which achieved a reduction of 10% from their original weight. With these innovations, the total weight of the hybrid components was achieved to only 130 kilos (which includes an 88 kg battery pack and a 15 kg electric motor), resulting in a curb weight of 1,500 kilos, which is on par with comparable supercars that don’t have hybrid powertrains.
“Every drop of McLaren’s experience and knowledge was poured into the Artura. Our new hybrid offers all the performance, driver engagement and dynamic excellence that McLaren is famous for, with the added benefit of electric vehicle drivability. The presentation of the Artura is a historic moment: for McLaren, for our customers who will appreciate and enjoy this car on all emotional and rational levels, and for the world of supercars, “he said. Mike Flewitt, CEO of McLaren Automotive.
At the heart of the Artura’s powertrain is McLaren’s new 2,993cc natero V6 biturbo engine. With an output of 577 hp (almost 200 hp per liter), it is combined with the electric drive capable of generating 95 hp. Working together, the Artura manages to reach 0 to 100 km / h in just 3.0 seconds and 0 to 300 in just 21.5 seconds. The maximum speed is limited to 330 km / h.
The E motor is powered by a battery pack consisting of five lithium-ion modules, which offer a usable energy capacity of 7.4 kWh and a 100% electric range of 30 kilometers. Additionally, the Artura is designed with Plug-In Hybrid Capability (PHEV) and can be charged to an 80% level in just 2.5 hours with a standard EVSE cable. Batteries can also collect energy from the combustion engine while driving, adapted to the selected driving mode.
“From the beginning of the project, we challenged ourselves to innovate and overturn everything we knew a high-performance hybrid supercar had to have. As a result, the Artura features a new carbon fiber monocoque and state-of-the-art electrical architecture and bodywork. Also the V6 engine, the transmission and the development of the E impeller are totally new ”, he indicated. Geoff Grose, Chief Engineer, McLaren Artura.
The McLaren Artura It is the first model to have the new McLaren Carbon Lightweight (MCLA) architecture. Designed and manufactured at the McLaren Composites Technology Center (MCTC) in the Sheffield region, the MCLA sets a new standard for McLaren’s advanced flexible chassis design. Optimized for high-performance hybrid applications, it includes a custom battery compartment and introduces a domain-based Ethernet electrical architecture, along with an electrical heating, ventilation and air conditioning (eHVAC) system.
Ethernet architecture reduces cabling by up to 25% and speeds up correct data transmission. This also facilitates access to advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), including intelligent adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, automatic high beam assist and traffic sign recognition.
Regarding its aesthetics, It respects the style of the brand with the shapes of the body, the design of the headlights and the two mid-height exhaust outlets. Pirelli P-Zero tires accompany the sports rims and behind them are high-performance brakes.
Inside, the Artura is no less revolutionary, with the cab centered around the driver more than ever. The drive mode selection, which retains independent powertrain and handling controls, has been moved to instrumentation, which in turn is mounted to the steering column and adjusts with the steering wheel to further enhance driving ergonomics.
The driver can choose from four powertrain modes, including an E mode for 30 kilometers of emission-free electric driving. Designed for mixed driving conditions, Comfort mode maximizes range and efficiency, with the combustion engine off at less than 40 km / h with the use of a long start and stop mode. In Sport and Track modes, electrical power is deployed in an increasingly aggressive way for response and acceleration. Independent drive mode options adjust the firmness of the damper and the degree of intervention of the electronic stability control to suit driver preferences.
With so much power, the braking performance was also worked to deliver exceptional performance. The Artura is equipped with carbon ceramic brakes and lightweight aluminum calipers from the same family of systems found on the latest McLaren LT models. Together with the new rear axle kinematics, they offer superior stopping power and stability at high speeds.
A new McLaren Infotainment and Connectivity System (MIS II) uses two high-definition displays. The interface is built with new software and custom hardware to provide an immediate level of responsiveness and is also capable of mirroring Apple CarPlay® and Android AutoTM phones.
The McLaren Artura Hybrid is already available on the market, but the first deliveries will begin in the third quarter of this year. For reference only, in the United States, the new model of the British firm is offered at about $ 225,000 in its standard version.
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