RE: McLaren renews engine contract with Ricardo

RE: McLaren renews engine contract with Ricardo

Tuesday 12th February 2019

McLaren renews engine contract with Ricardo

UK engineering firm will continue to supply McLaren as it moves into its most ambitious phase yet



If you've been wondering who McLaren Automotive will task with building its engines as it embarks on its most ambitious period yet, we now have an answer: Ricardo. Yes, that's the same engine builder that the Woking firm has worked with since it launched back in 2011, meaning it's business as usual the manufacturer aims to electrify all of its core line-up.

But while Ricardo's involvement will continue to centre around the production of McLaren's oily bits, it could actually play a growing role in the electrification part, as hinted at in the firm's announcement. The Shoreham company said it is investing "in the production facility to accommodate additional product flexibility, new manufacturing capabilities, and further capacity", suggesting that engines might leave its site already mated to electric paraphernalia in the future.


That being said, McLaren's existing 4.0-litre petrol V8 is expected to remain the most ubiquitous ingredient in the line-up for some time. It was only introduced with the 720S in 2017, after all, and it provides the main source of propulsion to the 1,050hp hybrid Speedtail.

The new contract with Ricardo comes as part of McLaren's Β£1.2 billion Track25 plan, which laid out a schedule for 18 new cars to arrive by 2025. All of the brand's new core models will be electrified by the close of this proposal, with one possibly forgoing combustion power entirely as an all-electric hypercar.


CEO Mike Flewitt highlighted the importance of continuity during this period, explaining that "Ricardo shares McLaren's passion for exceptional performance, product innovation and quality". He said the company "has also become a trustworthy and reliable partner to McLaren in engine manufacture".

That, no doubt, is of utmost importance as McLaren readies itself for a fast-changing automotive landscape. So while we're not sure what form the line-up will take in the latter parts of the next decade, it's reassuring to know Ricardo's engine-building expertise will ensure McLarens retain the explosive, racing car-esque performance we've come to love for the next few years at least.

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redroadster

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1,061 posts

182 months

Tuesday 12th February 2019
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Hope they start sounding better awsome noise needed adds character.

anonymous-user

4 months

Tuesday 12th February 2019
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Wonder if they're still using the engine bay software I wrote back in the mid 90s? Hope not!

GregorFuk

516 posts

150 months

Tuesday 12th February 2019
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And Graziano Trasmissioni? LOL

GranCab

1,810 posts

96 months

Tuesday 12th February 2019
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McLaren still can't match Ferrari's engineering prowess.

ghost83

3,410 posts

140 months

Tuesday 12th February 2019
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Can’t jnderstand why they don’t use Ricardo for their F1 engines

daveco

3,706 posts

157 months

Tuesday 12th February 2019
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GranCab said:
McLaren still can't match Ferrari's engineering prowess.
And with Cosworth building a NA V12 with 1,000 hp weighing a mere 206kg for Aston Martin, could McLaren be shooting themselves in the foot long term by being a bit objective about building cars?

I know the business plan has worked immensely well so far but surely at some point residuals/long term profitability will take a hit if their entire range has very similar powerplants in various states of tune.

GranCab

1,810 posts

96 months

Tuesday 12th February 2019
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The residuals on "mainstream" McLarens is already pretty poor.....

Munter

29,200 posts

191 months

Tuesday 12th February 2019
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daveco said:
And with Cosworth building a NA V12 with 1,000 hp weighing a mere 206kg for Aston Martin, could McLaren be shooting themselves in the foot long term by being a bit objective about building cars?

I know the business plan has worked immensely well so far but surely at some point residuals/long term profitability will take a hit if their entire range has very similar powerplants in various states of tune.
Given it's very close to having an electric motor, I don't think future buyers are going to care about the similarity in powerplants across models. It's going to be all about the real world numbers. 0-60, 0-100, BHP/KW, 'ring lap time. How that's done? So long as it's considered stylish, I think will be less and less important.

GranCab

1,810 posts

96 months

Tuesday 12th February 2019
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The engine is the heart and soul of any desirable car.

LordLoveLength

732 posts

80 months

Tuesday 12th February 2019
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GregorFuk said:
And Graziano Trasmissioni? LOL
Never knew that - Hoovie of Hoovies Garage fame on YouTube, has just bought an early one. On it's 3rd gearbox now, and 2nd engine...

Munter

29,200 posts

191 months

Tuesday 12th February 2019
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GranCab said:
The engine is the heart and soul of any desirable car.
I think Tesla have disproved that.

GranCab

1,810 posts

96 months

Tuesday 12th February 2019
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Exhibit #1 Cars



Exhibit #2 Transport


GranCab

1,810 posts

96 months

Tuesday 12th February 2019
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Munter said:
GranCab said:
The engine is the heart and soul of any desirable car.
I have corrected that for you smile

I think Tesla have disproved that.

RobM77

33,670 posts

184 months

Tuesday 12th February 2019
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ghost83 said:
Can’t jnderstand why they don’t use Ricardo for their F1 engines
I can understand it - Ricardo don't build F1 engines wink They've made loads of components, but designing and engineering a complete engine is a very different thing indeed that needs a huge amount of investment and expertise.

Munter

29,200 posts

191 months

Tuesday 12th February 2019
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GranCab said:
Munter said:
GranCab said:
The engine is the heart and soul of any desirable car.
I have corrected that for you smile

I think Tesla have disproved that.
Like it or not.

You're ability to use PH quoting is poor. hehe

But seriously. Tesla have a very desirable range of cars. People want them. Most can't afford them. But they want them. Because they are stylish and the numbers (particularly in ludicrous mode) are daft. Your modern buyer doesn't care so much about how the numbers are made. Certainly future buyers don't if we're talking residual values.

downhillmalins

129 posts

96 months

Tuesday 12th February 2019
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They do need to start making them sound better, its a big part of the supercar theatre. Definitely lacking from the current crop of Macs


GranCab

1,810 posts

96 months

Tuesday 12th February 2019
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Yes ... very desirable ... smile

howardhughes

350 posts

154 months

Tuesday 12th February 2019
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GranCab said:
McLaren still can't match Ferrari's engineering prowess.
And Ferrari still can't match McLarens stunning lines.

Touché shall we say?

Phil Dicky

5,924 posts

213 months

Tuesday 12th February 2019
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howardhughes said:
GranCab said:
McLaren still can't match Ferrari's engineering prowess.
And Ferrari still can't match McLarens stunning lines.

Touché shall we say?
Ferrari have had a touch more practice smile

The Li-ion King

1,417 posts

14 months

Tuesday 12th February 2019
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GranCab said:
Yes ... very desirable ... smile
New Range Extender? biggrin