McLaren Super Series II Set For Geneva
McLaren Automotive announced it will reveal its next-gen Super Series model at the Geneva Auto Show in March. This will mark the first time the famed British exoticar maker has replaced any member of its product family, and will usher in what McLaren has previously stated will be 15 new cars as part of its Track22 business plan.
Developed under the code name “P14” and expected to replace the existing McLaren 650 S Coupe with a Spider version to follow, the initial Gen II Super Series boasts a new Monocage II structure. Made from pure carbon fiber and supplanting the existing carbon fiber/metal monocoque, McLaren says it’s not only significantly lighter – dry weight of the new car will be just 2,829 pounds, nearly 40 less than a comparable 650S – but also contributes to a lower center of gravity to help improve handling. On a more people-oriented plane, the enhanced Monocage II also features wider door openings and lower side sills for easier access/egress.
While a great deal remains under wraps for now, Mark Vinnels, Executive Director - Product Development, McLaren Automotive, did confirm that the advanced aerodynamic technologies in the new Super Series “contribute to maximum generated downforce over 50% greater than that of the McLaren 650S and ensure truly outstanding levels of grip and stability." The key to that extra stick lies in a new iteration of McLaren’s multi-mode, Proactive Chassis Control. Adding over a dozen more sensors than the current version and working with an improved algorithm, Proactive Chassis Control II reads the road surface and modifies damper settings in a way that can enhance grip even more effectively without upsetting the car’s balance.
Thanks to a revised door design that integrates a new dual-duct intake/extraction system, the next-gen Super Series car also will have 15 percent better cooling efficiency for the engine. Another trick upgrade is a new, full-width active rear wing that can deploy to its most extreme angle in less than half a second to optimize high-speed balance under hard braking. Thanks to the revised door design that integrates a new dual-duct intake/extraction system, the Super Series car also will have 15 percent better cooling efficiency for the engine. Another trick upgrade is a new, full-width active rear wing that can deploy to its most extreme angle in less than half a second to optimize high-speed balance under hard braking.
“Super Series is the core of the McLaren business and personifies the blend of extreme performance, crafted luxury and unparalleled driver involvement that is the McLaren heartland,” noted McLaren Automotive CEO, Mike Flewitt. He also promised “the new Super Series will be absolutely true to McLaren’s pioneering spirit in being a revolutionary leap forwards, both for our brand and the supercar segment.” We expect more details on the styling, powertrain and technology of this new Super Series model to be released in the coming weeks.
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