McLaren P1 Successor To Be An All-Electric Hypercar?

After finding out that the next Super Series might go hybrid, it seems that the Ultimate Series will take another step into the future with an all-electric vehicle.

Our engineers have even started work on a one-off prototype to evaluate the possible benefits of a fully-electric powertrain in an Ultimate Series car; such is the pace of development“, said McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt.

Part of the Track22 six-year business plan presented last week in Geneva by Flewitt, the new battery-electric car should succeed the most expensive and focused model in the company’s lineup, the P1, as Autocar reports.

McLaren will invest £1 billion ($1.4 billion) in Research and Development and it will launch 15 new vehicles, which will include both series and short-run cars, to replace the entire existing car range every five years. It is estimated that roughly half of these cars will be hybrids.

The successor of the P1 will have to equal or best the hybrid hypercar’s performance, meaning 0-60 mph 96 km/h) in 2.0 seconds, 0-100 mph (161 km/h) in less than 6.0 seconds and a top speed of more than 200 mph (322 km/h).

We know how well owners respond to the sound of our existing cars. We’d have to find an authentic way to match that in a new generation“, commented Flewitt.

A final decision in the development of an all-electric exotic in the Ultimate Series range has yet to be taken, but it will have to keep track of two different problems: fast-charging infrastructure and noise.


  • TheHake

    “We know how well owners respond to the sound of our existing cars. We’d have to find an authentic way to match that in a new generation”

    A certain South Park episode comes to mind…

  • fabri99

    It’s not bad news of course…but where’s the whole “halo-car” vibe to it with a successor coming soon?
    I think they should wait some time, or at least do something totally different… The more time you wait the more the new car will be awaited. It doesn’t mean the new P1 should arrive in 2035, but they should wait at least to 2020.

    • TheHake

      “or at least do something totally different”
      Changing it to an EV is not ‘different’?

      • fabri99

        Well, they are starting off with an hybrid… just kidding, I meant they could do a new models, like 400k superxar and then i afew years bring the p1 back…

  • Vassilis

    I hope it won’t be fully electric. Also, an authentic way to match the noise of an ICE is to use an ICE.

  • XC Skater

    Car people also respond well to big family sedans doing 60mph in 3 seconds flat. Those cars exist. And cost less than 1/10th of a P1.
    Rimac built an electric supercars years ago on a small budget and now has it production ready. McLaren should easily do better, especially if they’re going to be a decade later, taking in all the new tech development.
    People bith about range of electric cars, but how far does a Chiron go with the pedal to the metal? If a 2 ton family sedan can go close to 500km with regular driving on basically flashlight cellls, you don’t need to be a genious to realize there’s better performance out there for the car that will cost 10-15 times as much. A lighter battery will pack more juice. And in a lighter car will go a longer way. For track attack, the batteries could be kept small, or modular. Total weight could well be the same or less than a regular P1, with better torque, 4WD. EV’s are killing it at Pikes Peak in the vintage class already.

    If McLaren doesn’t do it, Tesla will. They’ve shown they can get a big fat family sedan to rip your face of in acceleration. Advances in (race) batteries will allow them to make a whole new level of roadster.
    Look at Formula Student cars. The total weight will amaze you. 0-62mph in 1.779s. Their battery tech is impressive. Batteries are easily scaled up for either power (serial) or range (parallel). Off the shelf motors such as used by Rimac (4 for 1000+hp) and Koeningsegg (3 for 700hp) are inviting McLaren and Tesla to do better.

    A real risk for McLaren, as it turned out or Rimac, is to end up being out-done by a Tesla famiy car. If you don’t really push the limits of “current” technology, you’ll end up with a car that is either porky, slow, low on range, or all 3.

  • David Guerra

    “We know how well owners respond to the sound of our existing cars. We’d have to find an authentic way to match that in a new generation”
    When they say authentic, I hope they mean it, that is, that they embrace the future instead of trying to replicate the sounds of the past. There is a new kind of power out there, and the sound emitted by it will become the sound that people associate with fast cars. Explosion engine sounds will become as thrilling and desirable as steam engine sounds (which do have their fans). I have done a little research on youtube, and from this watch?v=nDZ4VSFC6z0 , which sounds like a power drill, not very appealing, to this watch?v=Un9TMe-acH0 , which sounds more mighty, like a tornado, to this watch?v=j8vEEqcuZDs , which reminds me of a subway train, which isn’t bad, and also shows the electric cars’s ability to let every sound created by the tires be heard, one can already have an idea of the variations. However I didn’t find the one that I was looking for, which I saw some time ago and which sounded really cavernous when the brake regeneration kicked in , a really mighty and spooky sound.