It's a match made in sports car heaven.
BMW and McLaren are officially joining forces in the pursuit of horsepower. The two companies have announced a strategic partnership that encompasses a new generation of powertrains for future combustion engines. The goal: to deliver a higher output capacity than ever before.
If that all sounds a bit too technical – it is. The new powertrains are said to not only increase power, but reduce C02 at the same time. The project is supported and partially funded by the U.K. government through the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) in Coventry, and involves a total of six manufacturing and supply partners.
Along with BMW, McLaren will work with Ricardo, Grainger, and Worrall in production of lightweight casting technologies. Lents Composites, meanwhile, will add its knowledge of specialist composite structures to the mix.
"This is an exciting project that plays to the strengths of all partners," said McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt. "McLaren Automotive has an exceptional reputation for building the world’s finest engines… we will continue to independently design and build our own engines, and the benefits of this project will help us accelerate the development of our next generation of powertrain, as confirmed in our recently-announced Track22 business plan."
Already we know that McLaren is working together with the German automaker exclusively in development of a supercar successor to the F1. That car is expected to arrive in 2019, and like the original, will feature a three-seat layout and a mid-engine V8. It’s rumored to have as much as 750 horsepower (559 kilowatts) and be limited to only 106 units. When finished, the company says it will be "the most exquisitely crafted and luxurious McLaren to date."
McLaren Automotive has announced a strategic project to design and develop technology for the next generation of powertrains. Working with a number of partners including BMW Group, the project will develop new combustion technology that will deliver a higher output per capacity than currently possible. It also aims to further facilitate CO2 reductions while simultaneously increasing engine output. The technology is destined for application in future McLaren engines.
The project, supported and part-funded by UK Government through the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), will also improve the UK’s development and production capabilities of low-CO2 internal combustion engine technology. The project will be led by McLaren Automotive but involves a total of six partners. McLaren Automotive will work with its existing engine manufacturing partner, Ricardo, and BMW Group while Grainger and Worrall will deliver complex, lightweight casting technology. Lentus Composites will contribute knowledge in specialist composite structures. Completing the syndicate is the University of Bath who bring their advanced research and development capabilities in internal combustion engine systems efficiency.
Commenting on the collaboration, Chief Executive Officer of McLaren Automotive, Mike Flewitt, said: ‘This is an exciting project that plays to the strengths of all partners. McLaren Automotive has an exceptional reputation for building the world’s finest engines, as showcased by our M838T and its previous category wins in the International Engine of the Year awards. We will continue to independently design and build our own engines, and the benefits of this project will help us accelerate the development of our next generation of powertrain, as confirmed in our recently-announced Track22 business plan.’