24 Feb 680 HP – THE PLUG-IN HYBRID ARTURA FROM MCLAREN
A new era
Plug-in hybrid vehicles have already been created by Porsche with the 918 Spyder, and Ferrari with the SF90 Stradale. But the Artura is the first affordable plug-in hybrid vehicle to hit the market. Its name is a play on words from “Art” and “Futura,” meaning “art” and “future.” It is supposed to represent the beginning of a new era, because the McLaren company plans to offer all of its vehicles as hybrids by 2025.
What makes the Artura so special
One of the most important aspects of McLaren’s new Artura is its weight. A point where electrification can really go against the grain. To reduce weight, McLaren has installed a brand-new “McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA)” platform. In addition, the HPH drive system and the wiring are particularly compact and lightweight.
Dry, the Artura comes to 1,395 kilos. With all fluids, full tank, but without driver, the 4.53-meter supercar weighs 1,498 kilos. By way of comparison, Ferrari’s SF90 weighs in at 1,570 kilograms, but also has over 300 hp more and a V8. This brings us to the core of the Artura. It doesn’t use an eight-cylinder, but a completely newly developed, lighter 3.0-liter biturbo V6 with 585 hp. The Artura’s output is 680 hp. With a new 8-speed dual clutch, power goes exclusively to the rear wheels. A reverse gear is no longer necessary in McLaren’s Artura. That is now taken care of by the electric motor, which then simply turns in the opposite direction.