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New carbon fibre monocoque saves significant weight.

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McLaren is to unveil the second generation Super Series at the Geneva motor show in March.

Forming the brand’s first-ever replacement of one of its product families, the new model to be unveiled at Geneva is also the first of 15 new cars scheduled under McLaren Automotive’s bold ‘Track 22’ business plan revealed at the 2016 Geneva show.

The current Super Series is typified by the McLaren 650S, launched in both Coupe and Spider form in 2014. It followed on from the first of the McLaren Automotive line and effectively the initial Super Series model, the 12C of 2011, which itself gained a Spider sister in 2012. The current Super Series family of supercars was completed by the 675LT Coupe and Spider of 2015.

For the second-generation line McLaren has created a new monocoque central structure, dubbed Monocage II and formed completely of carbon fibre.

While offering increased rigidity it also saves 18kg in weight over the carbon fibre/metal structure used in the initial Super Series models. McLaren states that the first new Super Series model will weigh in at just 1,283kg.

Other advantages offered by Monocage II include a wider entrance for occupants and lower sills. Inside the car the driver’s view will be improved, while the centre of gravity will be lowered for improved handling.

Super Series
The McLaren 650S is the brand’s core model and a member of the first Super Series line.

McLaren is so proud of its new monocoque that it will even offer owners the opportunity of specifying a ‘Visible Monocage’ option that will feature exposed carbon fibre material on the inside of the windscreen pillars.

According to McLaren Automotive CEO, Mike Flewitt, the Super Series is the core of the brand’s business and the epitome of what McLaren is all about.

“(It) personifies the blend of extreme performance, crafted luxury and unparalleled driver involvement that is the McLaren heartland,” Flewitt says.

“This is the first time we have replaced a product family and the new Super Series will be absolutely true to McLaren’s pioneering spirit in being a revolutionary leap forwards, both for our brand and the supercar segment,” he adds.

McLaren-Track-22-Super Series
Virtually every motor show has seen something new from McLaren, most recently the bold Track 22 business plan.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.