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Pure Electric McLaren Hypercar In the Works, P1 Replacement Due in 2023

The McLaren P1 ended its 375-unit production run in December 2015. In addition to these babies, the British automaker produced 35 units of the P1 GTR to celebrate two decades since McLaren won the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Without a replacement in sight, at least in the following seven years, McLaren will pursue a different path for its Ultimate Series range.
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More to the point, a report coming from Auto Express suggests that a high-performance all-electric hypercar is the name of the game. This is not the first time we’ve heard about the electrified hypercar scenario, though. Back in March, the automaker made public a six-year business plan christened Track22.

In it, we are told that “research engineers at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, England, are also in the early prototype stages of the development of a fully-electric powertrain to evaluate its possible use in a future generation of an Ultimate Series car.” Based on what we know up to this point, it’s fair to say that the electric hypercar will be worth waiting for.

Better still, an insider told the British publication that “an electric McLaren would need to manage 30 minutes on track with a 30-minute break before heading back out again. We won’t see the next P1 before 2023, but there could be another Ultimate Series car before that.” Exciting stuff, alright.

As per the publication, the yet-unnamed dream machine will be more affordable than the McLaren P1 and it will boast faster acceleration than the 675LT. The thing is, accelerating to 62 mph (100 km/h) in less than 2.9 seconds puts the all-electric hypercar on the same footing with the Tesla Model S P90D.

As a brief reminder, the all-electric luxury sedan built in Fremont, California, hits 62 mph in 2.7 clicks and the Tesla Model S P100D promises better get-up-and-go. Then again, the fully-electric McLaren hypercar that's currently under development will be more capable in the twisties and much more exclusive.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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