McLaren unveils its Artura hybrid


McLaren has been in the light and fast supercar industry for nearly 60 years, but the company hasn't put one of its HPH designs into full production until 2021. The company unveiled its hybrid vehicle, called Artura, worth $ 225,000, and is the first model from the British carmaker to use the MCLA platform.

This platform reduces the weight of the cables used in the electrical system by 10 percent compared to the rest of the McLaren cars and provides a total empty weight of 1,498 kg, including the battery with a capacity of 7.4 kW.

McLaren did not specify what types of charging systems the Artura would be compatible with but estimated that the battery pack could be 80 percent refilled in just 2.5 hours using a standard EVSE cable.

The powertrain is powered by a new McLaren V6 ICE twin-turbo engine that produces 577 hp and 584 Nm of torque. The engine, dubbed the M630, can save 50 kg in weight and a few inches in length compared to the company's conventional V8.

It is paired with an axial flow E engine of 94 hp and 225 Nm, which can propel the Artura up to 30 km via electric power alone or work in unison with the V6 to achieve 0-100 km / h acceleration in 3.0 seconds, with a controlled top speed. It is 330 kilometers per hour.

The McLaren CEO said, we want you to look at our cars and understand their purpose.

And while the Artura is clearly designed for the driving enthusiast, the vehicle offers a plethora of comfort and driver assistance features. Its dual-screen infotainment system reflects Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and offers traditional McLaren applications for telemetry and variable drift control, along with a revamped navigation map display in the center console.

The infotainment system can go into stealth mode, which reduces and hides all relevant vehicle data from your viewpoint when you want to fine-tune everything and just drive. Artura also offers a host of ADAS features as well, including Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Assist, and Road Signal Recognition, and more features could be added in the future as Artura allows for aerodynamic software updates.

The new McLaren plug-in hybrid is expected to arrive later this year after launching in the third quarter.

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