Ricardo joins McLaren Automotive in collaboration on future combustion technology

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"This project will help to ensure the continued United Kingdom leadership in high performance, low carbon propulsion technology, and builds upon our highly successful collaboration with McLaren Automotive".

McLaren and BMW when read together hold a special place in automotive history as it brings the epic McLaren F1 back to memories.

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BMW and McLaren are officially joining forces in the pursuit of horsepower.

After development, the new technology will be used in future McLaren engines and also further the UK's development and production capabilities of low-CO2 internal combution technology. Working with a number of partners including BMW Group, the project will develop new combustion technology that will deliver a higher output per capacity than now possible. Unlike last time, when McLaren used a 6.1-litre BMW V12 to power its flagship road vehicle, the team at Woking has an exceptionally potent 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 already in use. The program aims to increase output of these engines beyond what is now possible while reducing their Carbon dioxide emissions levels. After its Formula 1 team's (as yet) unsuccessful partnership with Honda, McLaren Automotive will be hoping that its next technical partnership will prove to be more successful. Lentus Composites will contribute its background in specialist composite structures, while the University of Bath will add its R&D in internal combustion engine systems efficiency. 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.

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McLaren has announced plans to collaborate with the BMW Group over a new project to design and develop the technology underpinning "the next generation of powertrains", destined for use in future McLaren engines.

According to McLaren the total investment in developing the new engines will be £28 million (A$46 million) - with half the money coming from a United Kingdom government grant set up to cut vehicle emissions.

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