BMW’s name is also back in the discussion.
Only a few days ago, McLaren issued a formal press release saying they weren’t for sale.
This is a strange scenario. Reports published earlier this week had McLaren changing hands but within a few hours of the stories going live, the British hypercar company issued a statement clearing the air: They were not sold.
But here we are again with a headline indicating that McLaren is in talks with BMW and Audi, and they’re not talking about the weather or last weekend’s F1 results. This latest report comes from Autocar, again, and they’re saying that serious discussions are happening between McLaren and the two premium German automakers.
The first stories involved Audi considering McLaren’s F1 efforts while BMW was more interesting in the car business. Now, it seems as though the fascination in McLaren for both the German car brands began with the F1 team.
BMW already works with McLaren through various projects including battery technology. This may have led to more serious talks. In Audi’s case, VW has indicated that it was considering an F1 entry with either Audi or Porsche, but it’s more complicated than that.
Anyhow, this is an interesting story and we’ll keep updating it as more information becomes available.