McLaren, BMW Collaborate On Mysterious U.K.-Backed Engine Project

Tue, Jan 31, 2017 1,916

When McLaren and BMW teamed up in the early 1990s, they produced the fasted road car the world had ever seen: The McLaren F1. We can only hope their new collaboration is as successful.

The two manufacturers are partnering with four other organizations to develop a new engine combustion technology that can deliver a higher specific power output and lower CO2 emissions, according to a press release.

“This is an exciting project that plays to the strengths of all partners,” Mike Flewitt, McLaren Automotive CEO, said in a statement. “McLaren Automotive has an exceptional reputation for building the world’s finest engines, as showcased by our M838T and its previous category wins in the International Engine of the Year awards. 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.”

With the F1, BMW supplied 6.1-liter V-12 engines and McLaren focused on developing the chassis. However, since McLaren now has experience producing its own engines, the two will work alongside each other, as well as McLaren’s manufacturing partner Ricardo.

In addition, Grainger and Worrall will be responsible for casting lightweight components, Lentus Composites will provide expertise in composite materials and University of Bath will assist with R&D related to internal combustion engine efficiency.

McLaren said the venture is partly funded by the U.K. government through the Advanced Propulsion Centre.

Thumbnail photo via McLaren