McLaren lives the supercar zeitgeist with the brand’s first production hybrid. Compact, intelligent, 680 hp. Requests? We will respond immediately.
Now he has captured Woking’s troops. So far they have settled comfortably in the super sports segment with their twin-turbo V8s in various shapes including a carbon frame, adding a few horsepower or a trunk depending on the model.
Until now. Because in the future nothing will run completely without electricity, see market competitor Ferrari, which is launching two plug-in hybrids at the same time. And like their 296 GTB, the McLaren Artura (the name is a combination of “Art” and “Futur”) also has a three-liter V6 with a 120-degree bank angle in the center. McLaren is constantly addressing the issue with its first hybrid series independently. Based on a new frame, called MCLA by the new Composites Technology Center MCTC near Sheffield), which combines the carbon center monocoque at the front and rear with aluminum subframes. In the event of a collision, these absorb energy and can be repaired or replaced where a good piece once had to be thrown away. It would be annoying, not only for the base price over 230,000 euros. Also clever: the battery housing stiffens the frame, the rear wheel suspension uses more radically positioned links for optimal kinematics thanks to the more compact engine and is also lighter (2.4 kilograms per side) and stiffer.
1.5 tons of weight, 31 km of electric range – so they say
Linear springs and adaptive dampers, coupled with a forward-thinking strategy, should have optimal conditions. That’s why McLaren uses chipped tires that constantly report their condition and generally speed up onboard networking via Ethernet, which provides near-real-time information and saves cables (minus 25%). The 585hp V6 biturbo plus its electric motor (95hp, 225Nm) integrated into the new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission can start with even less effort. As I said, tips can’t be shortened, the Artura is radically new – Executive Director Darren Goddard explicitly emphasizes the holistic approach – and at just under 1.5 tons it’s even relatively light. After all, it drags behind the 130-kilogram hybrid ballast, of which 88 kilograms are for the battery. Just under 7.4 kWh net, but sufficient for an electric top speed of 130 or a corresponding range of up to 31 kilometers. So nothing with the E brand with us.
Steering wheel only, maximum speed 330 km / h
Bad I where. After all, at full load you go to 100 km / h in three seconds, to 200 in 8.3 and 300 in 21.5 before being limited to 330. Because in reality, exactly how the athlete acts. It seems light, balanced, honest. Is it also due to electro-hydraulic steering, which McLaren says works more transparently than electro-mechanical ones? Quite possible. It is clear that Artura makes it easy for you to get behind the wheel, which – madness – is intended only for steering. They place all controls around it, but not on it. Whether this is a good idea with the iPad infotainment box installed next to it remains to be seen. In any case, the driving modes are quickly adjustable and can be changed easily while driving, which affects both the hybrid strategy and the driving dynamics. The assistance extends to a drift mode, including for the electronically controlled rear axle differential, which alternates the drive torque back and forth depending on the situation.
Hybrid combo with punch and the joy of turning
And, of course, the powertrain, whose gas V6 looks less like an inflated downsizer and more like a neat combustion engine. Depending on the mode, represented by the electric motor when driving slowly or slightly leaning, its appearance is dramatized when the mode increases. In this way, the Stromer helps the short-stroke vehicle in phases of weakness at low speeds and supports ultra-fast gear changes, while direct injection at 350 bar, symmetrically designed turbochargers, ball bearings with electronic wastegate and short exhaust paths. they regulate it for quick reactions and revving. Check, as it were, as soon as the part tears, goes through, it turns out. Red zone 8,200, limiter to 8,500.
Fast switching, excellent sound
You don’t necessarily have to spin the three-liter, but you want it. Simply so. For fun. He wants it too. Lightning-fast (200 millisecond) smooth switching, up and down, with fast response and response. Accompanied by refined acoustics from the compact exhaust system. No loud screams, no air pump sounds. Class. And typically McLaren, where you usually keep a characteristic safe distance to excess. The Artura, which steers with precision mechanics and can be moved playfully but seriously (and quickly!), Clearly commits to a mid-engined and rear-wheel drive. Never stressful, rather demanding if necessary, it constantly delivers from the trampling of residential areas to attacks on tracks.
Brakes without recovery, but with transparency
To which the brakes also contribute, which are devoid of recovery tasks, right? – right: can dedicate braking. Thankfully, the carbon ensemble with six-piston calipers at the front with an ultra-strong pressure point, transparent feel and – as far as verifiable – high stability. Intelligent even instead of a mechanical reverse gear, the e-machine takes care of the maneuvers, for which the battery always has an iron reserve. Speaking of battery: it is powered either internally by the motor or externally via a type 2 cable. As I said, almost nothing today works without electricity.
Yes, the purely electric driving option helps the environment.
No, nobody controls the use of the plug-in option.
With its twin-turbo V6 and 680hp of system power, McLaren’s first hybrid series still retains the best driving dynamics with all the contemporary electricity and digitalization. See steering wheel without buttons, electro-hydraulic steering and regenerative braking. The Artura dominates everyday life, fun on the country road and the racetrack at the same time.