McLaren Artura: Definition of the new rules for hybrid supercars

About eight years ago, McLaren started the hybrid electric supercar race with the great P1. The Artura follows the P1 as McLaren’s ultimate hybrid supercar, but the new Artura is not a replacement for the P1. For starters, the McLaren Artura has less power than the P1. It’s also “more economical” as base prices start in the $ 225,000 range, much less than the P1’s astronomical price of $ 1.5 million.

Still, Artura is really something special. It is the British automaker’s first production high-performance hybrid supercar. Artura is also the first McLaren to be based on the brand’s brand new McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA). As a footnote, the MP4-12C is the first production car to be entirely designed and built by McLaren. Since then, every McLaren has been based on the carbon fiber composite chassis of the 12C.

Essentially, Artura is from the ground up and, thanks to its plug-in hybrid electric drive, it swims in the same ocean as the legendary P1. “Every drop of McLaren’s experience and expertise has gone into the Artura,” said Mike Flewitt, CEO of McLaren Automotive. “Our brand new high-performance hybrid offers the performance, driver commitment and dynamic excellence that McLaren is known for, with the added benefit of the driveability of electric vehicles.”

McLaren Artura: Styling & Design

Forgive me for choosing the styling so early. I think McLaren played it safe when developing the new Artura, but it’s just me. However, I understand the reasons for this. As mentioned above, Artura replaces that 570S In McLaren’s lineup and NOT in P1, we speak of a McLaren at the base level, as there is a lack of better words.

So yeah, Artura is a new car, although it looks eerily like every vehicle in McLaren’s portfolio. However, if you take a closer look you will find that Artura’s cabin is a little different. Plus, the body lines are more functional than the P1, while the wheel arches are more dramatic and defined.

McLaren Artura.McLaren Artura. Photo: McLaren Automotive.

Advanced hybrid architecture

The carbon fiber monocoque is based on McLaren’s new MCLA architecture and features a bespoke battery housing and an innovative domain-based electrical Ethernet architecture. It also has built-in electric heating, ventilation and air conditioning. This new electrical Ethernet system supports wireless updates, reduces cabling by 25 percent (to save weight) and speeds up data transmission. It also controls the standard advanced safety systems like adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, automatic high beam assist and traffic sign recognition.

In so many words the McLaren Artura represents what could be called a Software-defined car. This approach helps reduce weight and increase performance, both of which are required of a vehicle like the Artura.

McLaren Artura: Powertrain Specifications

Say what you want about the styling, but every McLaren since the iconic F1 has been all about the engine. The Artura combines the best of both worlds. It features a new aluminum dry sump and a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 M630 gas engine that pumps out 577 hp and 431 lb-ft. of the torque.

The hybrid part is equipped with a compact axial flux electric motor in the gear bell housing that generates 94 hp and 166 lb-ft. of the torque. The combined power of 671bhp is a tiny number compared to the mighty P1’s 903bhp hybrid powertrain, but Artura has an ace up her sleeve.

The Artura’s V6 gas engine weighs just 353 pounds. and is 110 lbs. lighter than a comparable McLaren V8. It can also spin at 8,500 RPM. The Artura electric motor has a 33 percent higher power density per kilo than the P1. The motor consumes electricity from a small 7.4 kWh battery. The total weight of the hybrid components weighs in at just 287 pounds. All told, Artura weighs 3,303 pounds curb. According to McLaren, this is comparable to comparable supercars that have NO hybrid powertrain.

McLaren Artura.Photo: McLaren Automotive.

Breathtaking performance, mediocre range

The lightweight arrangement of the 2021 Artura enables it to achieve breathtaking performance figures. Zero to 60 mph takes three seconds flat; zero to 124 mph in just 8.3 seconds; Zero to 186 mph takes 21.5 seconds. McLaren cited a top speed of 205 mph for the Artura. Artura’s all-electric range is an acceptable 30 km, as is the P1’s EPA range of 19 km in EV mode.

No reverse gear, no problem!

That’s true. The McLaren Artura does not have reverse gear. Instead, the electric motor is used to slide backwards. Artura has a standard eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission for the hybrid drive train, which turns the rear wheels via an electronically controlled differential or E-Diff. This E-Diff is cleverly located in the transmission and takes over the torque distribution over the rear axle in order to improve traction and handling.

365 sports cars you have to drive

The driver can play with four powertrain modes including comfort, sport, track and electric vehicle. Artura also has separate handling modes to optimize the damper settings and the electronic stability control system.

McLaren Artura.The Artura uses a carbon-ceramic braking system from the same family as the 600LT and 720S. The discs measure 15.4 inches at the front and 15 inches at the rear and work in conjunction with the new rear axle design. Photo: McLaren Automotive.

McLaren Artura: tires & suspension

The rear suspension of the McLaren Artura has an upper wishbone at the top, two links at the bottom and a tie rod in front of the wheel center. Apparently, this setup maximizes stability and reduces understeer from a corner when accelerating, McLaren said.

Equipped with wider Pirelli Cyber ‚Äč‚Äčtires with hardware and software built into Artura’s electrical architecture, each rubber has an electronic chip that generates real-time data, all of which are passed on to Artura’s stability control system to improve tire performance. At the same time, these high-tech tires have sound absorption devices in the tire wall to significantly reduce road noise and at the same time improve driving comfort.

As an additional plus, Artura has a lightweight and completely redesigned hydraulic power steering that works in conjunction with the Proactive Damping Control system from McLaren. Carbon-ceramic brakes with lightweight aluminum calipers provide relentless high-speed braking power and stability.

Driver-centered interior

The brand new Artura benefits from two high resolution screens equipped with McLaren’s latest MIS II surface. The infotainment system supports ple CarPlay and Android Auto Connectivity and offers a new version of McLaren’s Track Telemetry and Variable Drift Control ps. The driver receives a newly designed navigation m in the instrument cluster. Power-operated comfort seats are standard, while clubsport bucket seats remain optional.

McLaren Artura: Pricing and Availability

The McLaren Artura has a base price of $ 225,000 and is offered in three core specs: Performance, TechLux, and Vision. The Artura can be ordered immediately. The first customer deliveries will arrive in the third quarter of 2021. The new Artura comes with a five-year vehicle guarantee, a six-year battery guarantee and a generous ten-year body guarantee.

Alvin Reyes is a columnist for Automoblog and an expert on sports and performance cars. He studied civil aviation, aviation, and accounting in his younger years and is still very fond of his former Lancer GSR and Galant SS. He also enjoys fried chicken, music, and herbal medicine.

Photos & Source: McLaren Automotive.

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