The HPH – its showroom designation is yet to be confirmed – is the first McLaren to get a new carbon-fibre structure dubbed McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA). This being McLaren, light weight is key but the MCLA is also flexible enough to be able to underpin not just the car you see here but the entire next generation of McLaren hybrid supercars.
Despite the hybrid tech and inevitable extra batteries, expect the HPH to mark a new high point in the company’s quest to keep weight down as a way of maintaining handling agility – on both road and track.
Mike Flewitt tells us: “For us, light-weighting and high-performance hybrid technology go hand-in-hand to achieve better performance as well as more efficient vehicles. Our expertise in carbon-fibre manufacturing, combined with our experience in cutting-edge battery technologies and high-performance hybrid propulsion systems, makes us ideally placed to deliver uncompromised levels of electrified high-performance driving that until now have simply been unattainable.”
With the arrival of the new-generation hybrids, the “entry level” McLaren since 2015, the Sport Series, dies. The last Sports Series model is the 620R, the GT4-inspired car we at GRR have already raved about.
Disguised HPH test cars are now out and about on public roads as part of the final phase of their testing regime, so look out for them. You might not hear them coming of course…