McLaren and BMW enter R&D project to deliver future combustion tech

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As part of the initiative, the UK OEM will work with five partners to develop new combustion technology for application in McLaren engines, which will deliver a higher output per capacity than currently possible. It also aims to further reduce CO₂ emissions while simultaneously increasing engine output.

McLaren Automotive has entered into a collaborative initiative to develop a new combustion technology that will deliver a higher output per capacity than currently possible. As part of the initiative, the UK OEM will work with five partners and aims to further reduce CO₂ emissions while simultaneously increasing engine output.

The project, supported and part-funded by the UK government through the Advanced Propulsion Centre, will also improve the UK’s development and production capabilities of low CO₂ internal combustion engine technology. McLaren Automotive will work with Ricardo and BMW Group as well as Grainger and Worrall, which will deliver complex, lightweight casting technology. Lentus Composites will contribute knowledge in specialist composite structures. The University of Bath will provide advanced R&D capabilities in internal combustion engine systems efficiency.

McLaren Automotive CEO 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.’

February 6, 2017

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