The last time BMW and McLaren began a serious collaboration, the result was the world-winning McLaren F1. Now the two firms are reportedly joining forces again to develop a platform for electric sports cars.
Engine on Wednesday it was reported that in March the two companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the project, and that the proposed platform would be flexible enough to create not only sports cars but also supercars and hypercars.
It is reported that BMW will be responsible for the transmission, ie for motors, inverters and batteries, and McLaren – for the dynamics and lightweight design. McLaren can also benefit from BMW’s internal combustion engines, which are designed to meet future emissions regulations in Europe. McLaren could also nominate BMW for the SUV platform if the company ever decides to go that route.
It will be possible to get acquainted with what is possible for the electric sports car platform this year, because, according to rumors, BMW plans to present electric M2 concept with 1341 hp as part of this year’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the BMW M.
But about what Potential acquisition of Audi McLaren as a means to enter Formula 1? Earlier in May, the parent company Audi Volkswagen Group approved a plan to allow Audi and other VW Group brands Porsche join the circus F1. While Porsche is expected to sign as a supplier of powertrains for Red Bull Racing, Audi, if rejected by McLaren, may turn its attention to Sauber, according to Motor. Sauber is a Swiss team that is now called Alfa Romeo and with a power unit from Ferrari. Rumor has it that Williams, who currently supplies the power unit from Mercedes-Benz AMG, is also rumored to be a potential partner of Audi.