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  • [NEWS] McLaren Announces Partnership with BMW

    We haven't seen McLaren and BMW teaming up ever since the McLaren F1 days, but McLaren announced that the two groups are going to work together to develop a next-generation engine. In a press release the company has confirmed that it’s working on “new combustion technology that will deliver a higher output per capacity than currently possible.”

    The message continues: “The technology is destined for future McLaren engines.”

    What this "new combustion technology" is we're not sure, it could be something like a variable displacement being developed by Infiniti and Honda, where the engine displacement changes depending on your driving mode and style, a bit like the cylinder shut-off system. Or maybe a camless system like the Koenigsegg Freevalve which we're still not sure how it works. For all we know it could be 1,000 horsepower V4 that spits out oxygen rather than CO2.

    McLaren didn't mention anything about hybrid systems, which is weird seeing that BMW have been pretty serious on the hybrid front with the i8 and i3 and McLaren has showed us what a hybrid hypercar can do with the P1. This suggests that they're probably developing something more like a turbocharged engine and focusing on improving the internal-combustion engine rather than improving it with an electric motor.

    This deal is obviously something special, with fundings from the UK government it seems that whatever the technology is, it will be available for other UK car makers as well. It's safe to say that BMW will also benefit from this partnership, perhaps a BMW-made supercar to rival the likes of the Audi R8? Only time will tell, here's the full press release, make that of what you will:

    'McLaren Automotive has announced a strategic project to design and develop technology for the next generation of powertrains. Working with a number of partners including BMW Group, the project will develop new combustion technology that will deliver a higher output per capacity than currently possible.

    It also aims to further facilitate CO2 reductions while simultaneously increasing engine output. The technology is destined for application in future McLaren engines.

    The project, supported and part-funded by UK Government through the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), will also improve the UK’s development and production capabilities of low-CO2 internal combustion engine technology. The project will be led by McLaren Automotive but involves a total of six partners.

    McLaren Automotive will work with its existing engine manufacturing partner, Ricardo, and BMW Group while Grainger and Worrall will deliver complex, lightweight casting technology. Lentus Composites will contribute knowledge in specialist composite structures.

    Completing the syndicate is the University of Bath who bring their advanced research and development capabilities in internal combustion engine systems efficiency.

    Commenting on the collaboration, Chief Executive Officer of McLaren Automotive, Mike Flewitt, said: ‘This is an exciting project that plays to the strengths of all partners. McLaren Automotive has an exceptional reputation for building the world’s finest engines, as showcased by our M838T and its previous category wins in the International Engine of the Year awards.

    We will continue to independently design and build our own engines, and the benefits of this project will help us accelerate the development of our next generation of powertrain, as confirmed in our recently-announced Track22 business plan.’

    Via CarThrottle