Instead of the canceled Geneva Motor Show, McLaren launched the 765LT at its own pace. The new Longtail of the McLaren Super Series will be produced in a limited number, 765 copies to be exact, and each will be numbered accordingly.
One thing that made the 765LT great is that it stayed with the traditional supercar formula – an internal combustion engine of 755 horsepower (563 kilowatts) that produces 590 foot-pounds (800 Newton meters) of torque . It is in the midst of the growing population of hybrid supercars or even EVs.
What about the McLaren P1? The hybrid supercar has been around for a while, and it’s only a matter of time before McLaren decides to give it a worthy successor. The question is whether it will remain hybrid or will it become fully electric to compete with more powerful EV hypercars?
Fortunately, McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt provided some answers in an interview with Car and driver. According to Flewitt, the successor to the P1 is hybrid or EV, but he has strong reservations against a fully electric track car.
“I like electric vehicles, I have driven them a lot recently, and for regular use, they are responsive, refined and have incredible performance,” said Flewitt. “But the charging times are really restrictive. Let’s take the example of the 765LT: we know that a lot of customers will take it to the track. If it was an electric vehicle, you might consider 30 minutes and then plug it in overnight. It’s not a convincing position. “
And this despite the current situation in the United Kingdom. The British government has adjusted the ultimatum for combustion engines from 2040 to 2035, which means brands like McLaren will have to electrify their lineup sooner in order to comply.
McLaren, however, joins other automakers in a petition to exclude hybrid vehicles from the ban. McLaren’s ability to adapt the complete electrification of its future cars will largely depend on the results of this movement, including the successor P1 expected in 2024.