We all know that hybrid and EV technology will dominate the mainstream side of automotive industry at some point, but most of us have this idea that the supercar and hypercar segment will remain mostly unchanged. Well, with models like the LaFerrari and Porsche 918 now showing that cars can be both fast and relatively fuel efficient, and with ever-tightening emission and fuel economy regulations all over the world, it is change or die for many supercar manufacturers.
McLaren is one that is realizing that this is the case, as unlike brands like Lamborghini and Porsche, which are part of the Volkswagen Auto Group, it doesn’t have a larger automotive group to handle satisfying the regulations while it continues burning dead-dino juice. Because of this, McLaren is ready to trickle the technology used in its own hybrid supercar, the P1, down to other model, according to Car and Driver. According to the interview that McLaren CEO, Mike Flewitt, gave to C&D, he doesn’t “see any other way” to meet the emission regulations.
To help meet this need, the company is set to invest around $180 billion into research and development to find ways to build hybrid cars that still meet the needs of buyers. The biggest issue to overcome is the additional weight that these hybrid systems add to a car, and one way McLaren can overcome this is by creative aerodynamic work. On the P1 alone, McLaren managed to give it more downforce than any other street-legal car on the road, and this technology will make its way through the entire upcoming Sport Series lineup.
So, those of you who love your gasoline-burning hypercars, you’d better get them while you still can. Sooner or later manufacturers will be forced to either add in electricity or pull out of the more heavily regulated markets, like the U.S. and Europe.