British sports car manufacturer McLaren has unveiled its first production model with plug-in hybrid drive. The Artura super sports car combines - for the first time at McLaren - a six-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor. The McLaren Artura is already available to order - at prices starting at 226,000 euros.
The Artura has a system output of 500 kW. The three-litre V6 with two turbochargers - until now McLaren has only used V8 engines - contributes 430 kW, the electric motor produces a maximum of 70 kW. The system torque is 720 Newton metres - here 585 Nm come from the combustion engine, a maximum of 225 Nm from the electric motor. The power is fed to the rear axle via a new eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
Because the electric motor can deliver its torque even in areas where the internal combustion engine has not yet reached its maximum power, the hybrid powertrain is said to offer particularly responsive acceleration performance in combination - better than models with nominally more powerful engines, according to McLaren. The Artura is said to be able to accelerate to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.0 seconds and reach a maximum speed of 330 km/h (124 mph).
The battery is quite small with a usable capacity of 7.4 kWh, but according to the manufacturer it should be possible to drive 30 kilometres on one charge. Charging takes place via a Type 2 connector installed above the left rear wheel - the filler neck is located on the right side of the vehicle. The battery should be 80 percent full in 2.5 hours - which corresponds to a charging power of just 2 kW. The fact that the Artura starts in E-mode every time it is started shows that McLaren is serious about the E-drive and does not just want to use it as a performance boost.
The Artura - its name is a combination of "Art" and "Futura" - is based on the McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA). With its carbon-fibre structure, the mid-engined sports car is expected to weigh less than 1.5 tonnes despite the hybrid components. The Artura will be built at McLaren's headquarters in Woking, England.