McLaren Automotive, a renowned British supercar company, has revealed a long-term partnership with engine supplier Ricardo to produce its upcoming V8 power unit for several years. As part of their commitment to a Future of Performance strategy, McLaren’s in-house powertrain team has designed their new V8 engine to be highly powerful and efficient, intended to propel the next generation of lightweight hybrid supercars. This collaboration builds upon the existing strong relationship between the two UK-based companies, with Ricardo being responsible for manufacturing both the V6 and V8 engines that will drive McLaren’s current and future high-performance hybrid supercars.
Since the debut of McLaren’s first mass-produced supercar, the 12C, in 2011, Ricardo has manufactured approximately 34,000 McLaren powertrains at its specialized assembly facility in Shoreham-by-Sea. These powertrains are then transported to McLaren’s Production Centre in Woking, Surrey, where the company meticulously designs and handcrafts its supercars, located around 50 miles away. The agreement ensures that Ricardo will supply engines for both hybrid and non-hybrid variants, and it also involves substantial investment by both Ricardo and McLaren in enhancing the high-performance engine production facility in Shoreham. More than 100 skilled manufacturing engineers and technicians will be dedicated to supplying McLaren’s exceptional high-performance powertrains as part of this partnership.