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McLaren’s mini engine. Details matter



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Details matter.

McLaren Arthur

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When we think of electric vehicles or plug-in hybrids, we always complain about their weight. But while its batteries are indeed heavy, the electric motor in the McLaren Artura, which we drive on page 86, weighs just 15kg but delivers 94bhp. In power-to-weight terms, that puts it in a completely different league from an internal combustion engine. For comparison, Ford’s small 1-litre three-cylinder engine found in cars such as the Fiesta and which has outputs of 75 to 150 hp weighs around 100 kg.