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10-02-2017 | Engine Technology | News | Article

McLaren Plans to Develop Combustion Technology with Partners

Author:
Benjamin Auerbach

McLaren Automotive has announced a strategic project to design and develop technologies for the next generation of powertrains. The UK government supports the project.

Working with a number of partners including BMW, the project aims to develop new combustion technology that will deliver a higher output per capacity than currently possible. It also aims to reduce CO2 emissions while simultaneously increasing engine output. The technology is destined for application in future McLaren engines.

The project, supported by the UK government and funded through the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), also intends to improve the UK’s development and production capabilities for low-CO2 internal combustion engines. The project will be led by McLaren Automotive but involves a total of six partners. McLaren Automotive will work with its existing engine manufacturing partner, Ricardo, and BMW while Grainger & Worrall are to deliver complex, lightweight casting technology. Lentus Composites will contribute knowledge in specialist composite structures. Completing the syndicate is the University of Bath, which will provide advanced research and development capabilities in internal combustion engine systems efficiency. 

Commenting on the collaboration, Chief Executive Officer of McLaren Automotive, Mike Flewitt, said, “This is an exciting project that plays to the strengths of all partners. We will continue to independently design and build our own engines, and the benefits of this project will help us accelerate the development of our next generation of powertrain.”

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