McLaren is set to introduce an all-new carbon-fibre architecture, revealed today, to underpin the company's next generation of electrified supercars.
The chassis is designed specifically to accommodate hybrid powertrains.
It was developed at McLaren’s $91 million Composites Technology Centre in Sheffield, and will also be manufactured onsite.
McLaren previously reported that the factory's workforce would increase by more than 140 staff when the new-generation chassis enters production.
Above: The McLaren Composites Technology Centre in Sheffield
“The new groundbreaking vehicle architecture is every bit as revolutionary as the MonoCell chassis we introduced with the company’s first car, the 12C, when we first embarked on making production vehicles a decade ago,” CEO Mike Flewitt said.
Mr Flewitt added that he believes the new architecture will enable McLaren to transition to 100 per cent electrified supercars in the future.
The McLaren company has long been a pioneer of carbon fibre technologies.
It introduced the first carbon-fibre monocoque to Formula One in 1981, with the MP4/1. The MP4/1 was used in the 1981, 1982, and 1983 seasons, and won a total of six Grand Prix.
The design concept is now ubiquitous in Formula One.
In 1993, McLaren designed and built the now-iconic F1 road car, which was one of the first street-legal vehicles to incorporate a carbon-fibre monocoque chassis.
All McLarens built since, for both race tracks and the road, have been built around a carbon-fibre tub.