Power isn't everything after all.
It feels like McLaren releases a new car every day. The company just revealed the new McLaren 765LT, a more track-focused version of the 720S, but is already working on a new replacement for the 570S that is rumored to be powered by a hybridized twin-turbo V6. Adding electrification to a supercar is an excellent way to improve the performance without upping the engine's displacement but as a side effect, those batteries can increase the overall weight and subsequently ruin the handling.
As McLaren prepares to begin a new era of hybrid supercars, company CEO Mike Flewitt wants to stress that winning "the weight race" is still a high priority. Even as these cars become more powerful, McLaren will stick with its engineering philosophy of reducing vehicle weight to improve performance and efficiency.
Flewitt was prepared to give an address on this matter at the 2020 Automotive News World Congress but since the event was canceled during the Covid-19 crisis, he decided to make an abbreviated statement. "Reducing vehicle weight is at the center of our strategy for the next generations of McLaren supercars. We are already class-leading and committed to further driving down weight in order to be in the best possible position to maximize the efficiency and performance of hybridized models to be introduced by 2025," Flewitt explained.
"Vehicle mass is the enemy of performance whether a car has a conventional internal combustion engine or a fully electrified powertrain, so winning the weight race is an absolute priority for us - and one of the reasons McLaren Automotive has invested heavily in the McLaren Composites Technology Center, our own UK composite materials innovation and production facility," he continued.
McLaren's commitment to weight reduction can be seen on the 765LT, which drops 80 kilograms (176 pounds) compared to the 720S. In total, the 765LT has a dry weight of just 1,229 kg (2,709 lbs), which combined with a 755-horsepower twin-turbo V8, should make for some lively performance. Only 765 examples of the 765LT will be built and McLaren is currently taking orders in person, online, or by telephone, depending on current Covid-19 restrictions in individual countries.