Twenty-five years ago, McLaren Automotive and BMW M worked together to create the 6.1-liter V12 engine of the McLaren F1 supercar. Today, the two car brands--along with a number of other partners--are reportedly working together to "develop new combustion technology that will deliver a higher output per capacity than currently possible" while simultaneously reducing CO2 emissions.
Supported and partly funded by the United Kingdom's government through the Advanced Propulsion Centre, the project will be headed by McLaren Automotive which, in turn, will work alongside its current engine manufacturing partner, Ricardo, and the BMW Group, Grainger and Worrall for the complex, lightweight casting technology, Lentus composites for its knowledge in specialist composite structures, and the University of Bath for its advanced research and development capabilities in internal combustion engine systems efficiency.
"This is an exciting project that plays to the strengths of all partners," said McLaren Automotive Chief Executive Officer Mike Flewitt. "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."
According to McLaren Automotive, the technology that will be the end result of the project will be used in future McLaren engines.