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McLaren Plans “Much Broader” Range of Supercars

Battery power likely as exotic brand faces regulatory realities.

by on Apr.25, 2011

The McLaren MP4-12C will be followed by a number of other sports cars, says McLaren's managing director.

British supercar maker McLaren is planning to follow up on the introduction of its MP4-12C with a “much broader” range of high-end sports cars, a senior executive tells

By using lightweight materials, like carbon fiber, and other advanced technologies, McLaren Managing Director Antony Sheriff says the maker – best known for its successful Formula One team – should be able to meet stiff new fuel economy and emissions standards.  But he also hints that McLaren is looking at ways to integrate battery-based propulsion systems into some of its future offerings.

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The McLaren MP4-12C will arrive in nine U.S. showrooms later this year carrying a price tag of $229,000.  But it is just the first model the maker has been working on, Sheriff revealed during a lengthy conversation following the New York Auto Show’s annual media preview.

“Between the various models (under development), we’ll have something new about once a year,” the executive explained.