The world of supercars is not exempt from electrification and sustainability. Issues related not only to mobility, but also to sportsmanship, even the most thrust and performance one.
So the new one McLaren Artura draws an ideal line of what the future of the Woking house will be. A car that brings with it a whole series of elements that qualify with the adjective of “unpublished”, presenting itself at the starting line as a plug-in hybrid car.
Certainly not a first in that of McLaren, but a novelty if you look at models of “large” production and not limited series.
Watch out for the differences
Stylistically, the similarities between the more recent generations of British sports are marked. So much so that sometimes distinguishing them is more difficult than expected. Although the style is aimed at maximizing aerodynamic efficiency, the new McLaren Artura does not change the characteristics we are already aware of, it simply evolves them. So much so that the length is almost the same as that of cars like the 540 or the 570, or 4.53 meters.
However, this does not mean that the car was born on the same floor as the two above, because the Artura is the first Woking car to be built on the new structure called McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA).
At the base there is obviously the carbon fiber which actually composes the tub. Aluminum, on the other hand, is used for the construction of the frames on which the front and rear are anchored, with all the connected parts.
It took four years of work to complete the new MCLA, which is manufactured at the McLaren Composites Technology Center (MCTC) located in the Sheffield region of the UK.
Space for infotainment
Life on board does not upset the typical concepts of the most recent McLarens, if anything it modernizes them, satisfying that share of buyers attentive to the presence of “elements” such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, now both standard. The multimedia system is then equipped with OTA technology, which is the one that allows Over The Air updates.
The touch display, present in the central portion of the dashboard, is not incorporated into the console; while the digital instrument panel is linked to the movements of the steering wheel. Thus, according to McLaren’s experience, regardless of the seat and steering wheel position, the driver’s view will always be optimal.
Speaking of steering wheel, the House of Woking has adopted different measures than its competitors, preferring not to stuff it with buttons. Rather, there are a sort of pair of buttons on the sides of the panel, which can be accessed without taking your hands off the steering wheel, which allow you to change the “status” of the car.
Depending on the packages available, there are different covers for the seats. Alcantara and Nappa leather are the main protagonists of the cabin of the dell’Artura. While the seats in racing format are represented by a pair of single shell seats. In fact, there are no limits to the will of those who buy, just rely on the purchased McLaren Special Operations (MSO) to see your wishes come true.
Of course, the first sports car on tap was the P1. But that was a limited series, designed for the elite of the elite of those who really can afford a supercar. The Artura, on the other hand, while retaining its status as a car for the few, is in fact destined for the series.
To date, it is not worth considering the Ferrari SF90 which belongs to a higher category in terms of price, size and performance, it is the only car in that supercar range to be presented in the hybrid format on tap.
Format that not only represents a simple evolution of that of the P1, but outlines a more advanced architecture. First of all because the endothermic part belongs to the new 3-liter V6 biturbo.
Motorization signed with the code M630 which is distinguished by a V of 120 degrees and a maximum rotation speed that reaches 8,500 rpm. The power of the new V6 is 577 hp, while the torque delivered is equal to 585 Nm.
Obviously, it is also up to the electrical component to do its part. The new electric motor, evolved from the one that was present on the P1, delivers 94 HP and 225 Nm of torque. The overall result allows the Artura to develop a cavalry of 671 HP and 720 Nm of torque.
A clutch disconnects the heat engine when only the electric motor comes into operation. The latter unit which has been incorporated into the new eight-speed dual clutch gearbox. An absolute novelty, which however does not need more space, being shorter than the seven-speed one.
The rear is not present, because specifically it is the electric motor that reverses the direction of travel of the rear wheels. Let’s immediately dispel any doubts. The whole block – engines and gearbox – is located in the central rear position and the car is rear-wheel drive only.
Enough for the city
As this is a high-performance car, wondering how much the additional weight of the electrical system may have been is more than justified. The answer, however, falls within the standards of those who aim for absolute performance. In fact, the 7.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack has a weight of about 87 kg.
The capacity is such as to guarantee, as stated, an autonomy of 30 km in electric mode only. In this mode the Artura can proceed up to the maximum speed of 130 km / h. Having such a limited capacity, in just over 2 hours you can reach the maximum charge of the accumulator.
The Comfort driving mode, on the other hand, maximizes range and efficiency, with the combustion engine switched off whenever the speed drops below 40 km / h. While in the Sport and Track modes, the intervention of the electric motor is aimed at maximum performance.
Obviously, the aforementioned methods are also followed by interventions aimed at other sections of the car, such as the trim. That said, the impressive thing is the CO2 homologation figure, equal to 129 g / km according to the WLTP standard. A value that makes it the most efficient supercar on the market (with the exception of limited edition electric hypercars).
Updated driving dynamics
Compared to a 570, the Artura does not present any news in the suspensions item. There have been a whole series of refinements both from a technical and electronic point of view, which have improved what has already been done at McLaren.
To which must be added the usual presence of Pirelli tires, in this case equipped with Pirelli Cyber Tire® technology. A real chip placed inside each tire “reads” the driving conditions in detail, passing the information to the stability control.
The most interesting technical innovation linked to the field of driving dynamics is the new E-Diff. It is an electronically controlled differential, which makes its debut on Artura. Apparently it is lighter than a traditional mechanical differential.
But the new British sports car, in addition to going from 0 to 100 km / h in 3 seconds flat and achieving a (self-limited) top speed of 330 km / h, is equipped with a whole series of apparently new safety systems on this segment of cars.
The Artura is in fact equipped with devices such as Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop / Go function, Road-Sign Recognition, Lane-Departure Warning and High-Beam Assist. The new McLaren sports car, which will arrive on the market after the summer, will have a starting price of over 200,000 euros.
Source: Motor1.com Italia – News by it.motor1.com.
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