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McLaren to release EIGHTEEN new cars – all of them with electric options

By Paul Connolly

Supercar maker McLaren has revealed it is to release 18 new cars within the next seven years.

The astonishing model release plan will also contain a true successor for the super-fast P1 hypercar.

McLaren has also committed to electrify its entire line-up by 2025, so at a minimum there will be hybrid options for all new models.

The British manufacturer is also developing an all-electric hyper car which has already been proclaimed as the fastest car McLaren will have produced.

McLaren Automotive unveiled details of the plan, known as Track25, at this week’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

It is an evolution of an earlier plan, Track22, first launched at the Geneva Motor Show in 2016.

Track25 sets out a roadmap for future vehicles, production and technology that will allow the brand to continue to position itself as a major global player in the sportscar and supercar market.

The manufacturer said it will also evaluate new augmented driving features and help develop a lighter, superfast-charging, high-power battery system for performance applications that is expected to have over 30 minutes of electric range around a race track.

The company will also continue its drive to win the new supercar ‘weight race’ by ensuring, as it does today, that each of its products is the lightest in their segment.

This complements a £50m investment in developing and manufacturing the future of ‘lightweighting’ technology with the soon-to-open McLaren Composites Technology Centre.

Investment in 18 new models or derivatives will help lift production by almost 75% over current levels to around 6,000 cars a year by the middle of the next decade, the company added.

As now, all will be hand-assembled at the McLaren Production Centre in Woking.

Cars will feature enhanced cyber protection, improved vehicle tracking and over-the-air (OTA) software updates, allowing owners to benefit from new features without the need to spend time at retailers.

McLaren currently sells in 31 markets around the world through an 86-stong retailer network.

It aims to expand into several major new markets including Russia, India and Central/Eastern Europe by adding around 14 new dealers.

 “Everyone at McLaren Automotive remains constant in their focus of designing and crafting the world’s best drivers’ cars,” said McLaren Automotive boss Mike Flewitt.

“While our plan sets the direction for the next seven years to take us through to the middle of the next decade, we need to also pause and acknowledge the great effort, ingenuity and competitive spirit of all of our incredible people on which our success, both now and in the future, rests.”

McLaren Automotive, the largest part of the McLaren Group, has a global workforce of around 2,300 people across offices in the UK, US, Bahrain, China, Singapore, Japan and Spain.

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