McLaren, known for its expertise in race- and road-car engineering, has introduced the Artura, its first-ever series-production High-Performance Hybrid (HPH) supercar. The Artura aims to combine thrilling performance, driving dynamics, and EV driving capability, showcasing McLaren’s dedication to innovation and excellence.
It is built on the all-new McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA), which is designed and manufactured in-house at the McLaren Composites Technology Centre (MCTC) in the Sheffield region. This lightweight architecture is specifically optimized for High-Performance Hybrid (HPH) powertrains and establishes new benchmarks in chassis design and flexibility. Darren Goddard, the Executive Director of Programs at McLaren Automotive, emphasizes McLaren’s unique approach to car design, integrating both technical and studio design aspects to work harmoniously towards shared objectives.
The new supercar, the Artura, is built to deliver unmatched performance. It boasts a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 petrol engine, an E-motor, and a high-capacity battery pack, resulting in an impressive combined output of 671bhp and 530lb-ft of torque. With this exceptional power, it can accelerate from 0 to 60mph in just 3.0 seconds and reach a top speed of 205mph. Remarkably, the Artura is also the most fuel-efficient McLaren ever created, achieving 39 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) and offering an electric-only range of 11 miles.
The Artura showcases its striking presence with its impeccable supercar proportions and a design philosophy that prioritizes function. Its sleek and aggressive appearance is a result of the “form follows function” approach. The bodywork is meticulously crafted, giving it a “shrink-wrapped” look, enhanced by the distinctive hammerhead line and deeply recessed static adaptive headlamps. The combination of carbon fiber and aluminum panels not only adds to its visual appeal but also ensures a lightweight body. Furthermore, the reduced shut lines contribute to a clean and aesthetically pleasing exterior design.
Inside the Artura, the interior combines revolutionary ergonomics, advanced technology, sophisticated design, and refined craftsmanship. The cabin offers ample space and incorporates high-quality materials, contemporary aesthetics, and state-of-the-art switchgear. McLaren provides a wide range of customization options, including 15 exterior paint colors, as well as additional choices through McLaren Special Operations (MSO) for carbon fiber body parts and bespoke commissions. Rob Melville, the Design Director, shares insights into the design philosophy, stating, “Our goal was to create a piece of pure technical sculpture, where technology enhances the visual experience without being distracting. We were guided by three key principles – purity, technical sculpture, and functional jewelry. Purity encompasses clean lines and integrated components; technical sculpture ensures a stunning appearance with purpose, akin to natural forms; while functional jewelry emphasizes the beauty of practicality rather than mere decoration.”
The Artura’s impressive engineering credentials make it an exhilarating car to drive. Its super-lightweight carbon fiber construction, combined with a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive configuration, and electro-hydraulic steering, deliver unparalleled handling and immediate driver engagement. The car’s advanced Handling modes (Comfort, Sport, and Track) and Electronic Stability Control system allow drivers to customize their driving experience based on their preferences and skill level. McLaren has collaborated with Pirelli to develop specially tailored tires for the Artura. This advanced tire technology ensures optimal performance and safety across various driving conditions.
The McLaren Artura signifies a new chapter in the realm of high-performance hybrid supercars, seamlessly blending McLaren’s rich racing legacy with cutting-edge technology and design. This groundbreaking vehicle sets new benchmarks with its remarkable features, outstanding performance, and environmentally conscious attributes. The Artura is poised to captivate the hearts of car enthusiasts while redefining the standards and expectations for supercars.