McLaren Lightweight Vehicle Architecture Preview

October 25th, 2020 by

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CEO of McLaren Automotive, Mike Flewitt, has confirmed that McLaren is planning an overhaul of its design ethos. Jupiter drivers can expect the brand to take lightweight McLaren engineering a step further in the next generation of McLaren vehicles. Read on to learn more about what changes McLaren Lightweight Vehicle Architecture will implement.

What to Expect: The Big Picture

What should Wellington drivers anticipate? McLaren Lightweight Vehicle Architecture will focus on adapting the already lightweight chassis of McLaren vehicles to better accommodate hybrid powertrains. This new McLaren engineering will allow fully electric McLaren models to be so lightweight that they’ll achieve unheard of acceleration and speed in the electric supercar segment. The first hybrid supercar to be designed with the updated McLaren Lightweight Vehicle Architecture will be released in 2021. 

What to Expect: The Specifics

In 2018, McLaren opened up a $50 million dollar McLaren Composites Technology Centre near Sheffield to focus on revolutionizing their chassis design, once again. This new McLaren engineering introduces completely original processes to strip unneeded mass out of already light carbon to reduce more weight. 

Essentially, hundreds of pieces of carbon cloth will be used for each chassis. The size, shape, and placement of those pieces will be analyzed by a new computer software, and then arranged into a perfectly optimized 2D blueprint. This blueprint with perfect the strength and weight of the design, bearing in mind the highly calculated arrangement of the carbon cloths. 

Next comes productions. These blueprints will direct a resin transfer molding process similar to 3D printing over and around the model’s mechanical components as they’re being clamped together. As the model is physically rendered from the software’s design, the materials are under the pressure of a weight equivalent to 100 doubledecker buses to ensure that the design is as compressed as possible to further ensure that there is no excess weight. 

The Background 

McLaren vehicles are already incredibly lightweight and the brand has been at the vanguard of carbon design for decades. In 1981, McLaren introduced a carbon fibre chassis for Formula 1 with the McLaren MP4/1. In 1993, they developed the F1 road car, and every model has included a lightweight carbon chassis since. Their dedication to feather-light design put them in the position to release the first hybrid supercar, the McLaren P1.

Needless to say, this brand has dedicated itself for decades to creating more efficient supercars. It makes sense that they would be the brand to discover new ways of stripping excess mass away from already light materials. 

Stay Tuned for More Updates With McLaren Palm Beach

Palm Beach Gardens drivers who are curious to learn more about the design philosophy of McLaren Lightweight Architecture, can get in touch with us by calling 888-761-1840. If you want to know more about the electric Mclaren vehicles that will implement the new chassis in 2021, return to this page for future updates. In the meantime, be sure to check out our McLaren information guides for more brand updates about programs like the new McLaren concierge service.

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