• James Fan

Artura is leading the future of supercars

Today, cars are seen as something to be eradicated. The emissions coming from the cursed pipes are reaching the point where it will soon be impossible to see the moon at night. This means exciting cars like McLarens and Lamborghinis are dead, with their polar bear killing V8 and V12s. Or are they? 8 years ago, in anticipation of the changing climate, McLaren released the P1, a 900 horsepower hybrid hypercar that could run for 20 miles on electric power only. The future had arrived, but it cost $1.3 million. This meant it wasn’t practical, even for McLaren customers.

Now though, McLaren has released the Artura, the company’s first completely new car in a decade, when it started making road cars with the MP4-12C. Like the P1 before, it now has a hybrid setup that all McLarens will eventually switch to in the future. The engine setup in the Artura makes 670 horsepower, 110 more than its gas-only predecessor, the 570S. The performance hasn’t deteriorated. It can go the same 20 miles in electric mode as P1 did. However, whereas the 570S could only achieve 26 MPG, the Artura achieves a staggering 50 MPG, which is what a Prius gets. And a Prius does not have such explosive performance figures.

It’s even better when compared to the P1. The Artura costs only $225K, which is $1.075 million dollars less. The Artura also sports a more advanced axial flux motor, which generates less heat. It is lighter and smaller than the radial flux motor found in the P1 and other EVs.

2,993cc twin-turbocharged V6; 50kg lighter and 190mm shorter than McLaren V8 engine

This car is full of technical advantages, including no reverse gear, since it’s handled by the electric motor, making the transmission lighter. The V6 engine has a special heat chimney and “hot vee” turbos, which means the turbos are symmetrical and, therefore, synchronized with the engine, removing turbo lag. In traditional cars, a simple bolting of the turbo next to cylinder head results in heavy turbo lag. The whole body has been designed for aerodynamics, starting from the headlights of the car, where the recessed headlights direct air into the buttresses along the wheel arches, cooling the brakes, and then through the length of the car, where there is no spoiler ruining the lines of the car, and instead, a subtle light. All of this results in the lightest car McLaren has ever built, despite the heavy electric equipment. It weighs just 3,075 pounds, which is lighter than the VW Golf, a compact hatchback.

The McLaren Artura is without a doubt the most important car this decade. It shows that supercars don’t have to be boring in the electric era, and reminds its competitors to catch up. The list of new developments would run 10 pages. Already, this car is influencing the market. Ferrari released the SF90 Stradale a few months ago, another hybrid, and Porsche has committed to making an electric 911. It’s sad that the V12 and V8s won’t survive. But thanks to McLaren, supercars will at least survive.


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