Sunday, October 25, 2020
News McLaren To End Internal Combustion Engine Development By 2030

McLaren To End Internal Combustion Engine Development By 2030

British supercar makers outlines its plans for its electrified future.


  • The plan will be hybrids between now and then.

  • McLaren has revealed its all-new lightweight electrified platform.

  • By 2035, all McLarens will be electric.


McLaren is no stranger to electrification. In its relatively short “mass” production, it’s already developed and sold two including the ground-breaking and sound-barrier shattering P1, and the beautiful Speetail. Going forward, hybrids will be the near future.

McLaren P1 | Photo: McLaren

McLaren has just revealed their newly-developed lightweight architecture which will underpin its next generation of electrified supercars. In fact, the first new hybrid based on this platform will launch in 2021. The included technology will enable the car to cover up to 30 km (about 19 miles) on electric power alone.

McLaren’s lightweight vehicle architecture | Photo: McLaren

The focus, until 2030, will be on hybrids and as such, McLaren will continue to work on internal combustion engines. McLaren chief executive Mike Flewitt told the Financial Times (subscription required): “We will be developing engines for the next ten years, selling for the next 15 years, but we expect a lot of the world to be aligning around the 2035 date [for a full shift to electric cars],”

McLaren Speedtail – McLaren

This means that come 2035, a new McLaren road car will only be available as an EV. In the meantime, the sounds and smells of the ICE will remain at McLaren. Flewitt added: “Ours is an enthusiast product. They will arguably enjoy the engine longer than commuter products,”

McLaren P1 | Photo: McLaren

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