Today, almost everyone is going electric, willingly or by force. While some manufacturers started this transformation a few years ago, others have just started. It must be said that the tax on combustion vehicles is now increasingly heavy with the ecological penalty, and this should not get better in the years to come. Indeed, from next year the European Union will impose heavy fines on manufacturers who do not respect the emission thresholds imposed on them, up to € 95 per additional gram and per vehicle sold. This is a way of forcing more than encouraging brands to electrify their range, at the risk of being inflicted with heavy penalties. High-end brands are obviously not spared, and even Mclaren is no exception.
The British brand, whose financial difficulties would be resolved is not doing things by halves, and aims to eliminate all heat engines by 2035. It is the current boss of McLaren, Mike Flewitt who dropped this bomb, announcing that " We will develop (gasoline) engines for the next ten years, sell them for the next fifteen years, but we expect much of the world to be aligned with the 2035 date. " A statement that leaves no room for doubt as to the future of the brand's petrol engines, as it ultimately only offers 100% electric sports cars. A radical turning point for the British manufacturer, which is already preparing for it by developing a new platform dedicated to zero-emission models. Moreover, the first McLaren Hybrid should arrive very soon.
Everyone is doing it
If McLaren took a more than radical decision, the British brand is nevertheless not the only one to gradually abandon all-thermal, to turn to more virtuous alternatives. Ferrari already took the plunge several years ago with its LaFerrari, unveiled in 2013 and carrying a 6.3 liter V12 associated with an electric motor, all developing some 963 horsepower. Last year, the Maranello-based firm also presented its SF90 Stradale, a plug-in hybrid supercar claiming a total of 1,000 horsepower and 900 Nm of torque. For its part, Lamborghini is going slowly, by choosing supercapacitors with its Sian, strong of 819 horsepower. It is also rumored that a hybrid version of the Lamborghini Urus is also planned.
On their side, Aston Martin and Rolls-Royce are still somewhat behind, but the development of electrified engines is underway.
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