BMW and McLaren are now partnering up again in a project to develop new engine technologies to be used in vehicles not just built by BMW but automakers everywhere 1-day will have access to this groundbreaking design. Looking back, BMW and McLaren have not partnered up on designing and building engines since the world’s fastest McLaren F1 supercar.
This new venture is enlisting help from other big players in the market. The list includes Grainger, the global industrial company, McLaren engine supplier Ricardo, and Worrall Foundry & Casting. The goal of this partnership is to create a new combustion technology that will deliver more torque and power while lowering emissions. Talk about exciting!
To help further this new partnership, Lentus Composites, a lightweight materials expert and the University of Bath have also joined forces. The University of Bath is bringing advanced research and development skills in the area of internal combustion engine systems efficiency. This partnership is being supported by British taxpayers through a company called the Advanced Propulsion Center.
Now that this group of companies has gotten together, people are looking forward to seeing the new technology that will be developed. As of today, there has not been any specific mention of the exact nature the new technology will be. There are recent advances in this field from automakers like Mazda, Infiniti and the engine maker Koenigsegg. In 2018, Mazda is introducing a homogenous-charge compression ignition. Infiniti is bringing to market variable cylinder compression. Koenigsegg has built a camless engine which is a radical design that has yet to be brought to market.
Mike Flewitt, head of McLaren’s road car division said in a statement “ 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, as confirmed in our recently-announced Track22 business plan.”
Track22 plan made the announcement at the 2016 Geneva auto show that is calling for a total of 15 new cars to be launched by the end of 2022. The first model will be the McLarens 650S replacement. Most of these new models will be hybrids, and hopefully at least one will be an all-electric model as part of McLarens Ultimate Series.
The Track22 plan, first announced at the 2016 Geneva auto show, calls for 15 new cars or derivatives to be launched by the end of 2022, the first of these being the upcoming 650S replacement. Many of the new models will be hybrids and one may end up being an all-electric model sitting in McLaren’s range-topping Ultimate Series.