Second McLaren Super Series ‘brings a new era’

  • New McLaren supercar to debut at Geneva
  • New carbon-fibre monocage lightest yet
  • First replacement for a ‘product family’
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NEW McLAREN ANNOUNCED: This is one of the original McLaren Super Series – its successor will be shown at the March 2017 Geneva auto show. Image: McLaren / Newspress UK

LONDON, England – A new era will begin for McLaren Automotive in March 2017 with the launch of the second generation of its Super Series at the 87th Geneva international auto show.

As the first of the 15 new cars cited in the company’s Track22 Business Plan, the cars will be the first replacement of a product family by the British sport and supercar assembler.

McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt told The Corner in a media release: “Super Series is the core of the McLaren business and personifies the blend of extreme performance, crafted luxury and unparalleled driver involvement that is the McLaren heartland.

NEW McLAREN ANNOUNCED: Image: McLaren / Newspress UK
NEW McLAREN CHASSIS: Lighter and stronger and, if a buyer wishes, its carbon-fibre structure can be left on show. Image: McLaren / Newspress UK

“This is the first time we have replaced a product family but the new Super Series will be true to McLaren’s pioneering spirit as a revolutionary leap forward for our brand and the supercar segment.”

The car uses a very light but very rigid carbon-fibre central structure weighing less than the carbon and metal cockpit of the first-generation Super Series at 1283kg – less than the closest competitor and 18kg lighter than a McLaren 650S with comparable specification.

LOWER CENTRE OF GRAVITY

“The development of Monocage II,” McLaren says, “has allowed us to incorporate wider cabin entrance and lower sills for excellent all-round visibility. The chassis structure has also lowered the cars’ centre of gravity.”

Buyers who want to show off the carbon-fibre chassis can specify a Visible Monocage that exposes the material.

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The Super Series lineage began in 2011 with the launch of the 12C. The 12C Spider followed in 2012 and in 2014 came the 650S Coupé and 650S Spider. The first generation was further expanded in 2015 with a limited-edition 675LT Coupé and 675LT Spider.

  • Full details of the second-generation Super Series will be confirmed in March 2017 when more images and prices will be available. The Corner will keep you up-to-date…
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