McLaren’s Managing Director, Antony Sheriff, explained that McLaren is set to meet the new fuel economy and emissions standards as the automaker intends to add to their model range a battery-based car in the near future.
The MP4-12C is just the first model the carmaker had in plan, as the $229,000 (EUR156,600) car is set to arrive in nine US dealerships later this year.
“Between the various models (under development), we’ll have something new about once a year,” Sheriff reported.
According to Sheriff, McLaren will “stick to building two-seat sports cars” that can make use of “a whole room of Formula One technology” the automaker has available.
The MP4-12C features a 3.8-liter V8 twin-turbocharged engine capable of developing 600 hp (448 kW). “The car will peel the skin off your face,” Sheriff suggested.
One problem that McLaren might encounter is the ever increasing European and U.S. mileage standards, but Sheriff is not worried as he admits that there are a couple of exceptions concerning small companies like McLaren in the European regulations. Furthermore, he suggests that the British automaker is already working on improving that particular aspect.
One feature that will help the sportscar manufacturer meet those fuel economy regulations is the use of lightweight carbon fiber and advanced turbocharging technology.
“We don’t see this legislation as a threat. We see it as a challenge,” Sheriff concluded.