McLaren CEO Touts Lighter Vehicles

By on July 16, 2018 in IN THE NEWS

The CEO of McLaren Automotive, known for its high-performance sports cars, is urging the British automotive industry to embrace lightweighting.

Mike Flewitt said it is no longer a “power race,” rather a “weight race.” While powertrain innovation plays a key role, Flewitt maintains that aligning with lightweighting will improve performance while decreasing the ecological impact of vehicles.

“We now have a fantastic opportunity for the U.K. to be at the very forefront of a new automotive ‘weight race’ that can help achieve increasingly tough environmental targets,” he said.

Lightweighting is not new to McLaren. In 1981, it was the first

Formula 1 team with a carbon-fiber chassis. Since then, every McLaren, whether for the road or racetrack, has had carbon-fiber components. The company’s newest hypercar—the Senna—sports carbon-fiber doors weighing less than 22 pounds each.