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2022 McLaren Artura plug-in hybrid supercar arrives with V-6 engine, no gear for reverse

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McLaren Artura

The stage is now set for McLaren’s electrified future thanks to the introduction of the Artura supercar.

On Tuesday, the $225,000 2022 McLaren Artura debuted with a new plug-in hybrid powertrain, a carbon-fiber architecture, and an electronic architecture that will enable over-the-air (OTA) updates.

The Artura is the first McLaren to be truly new since the the MP4-12C supercar nearly a decade ago. Riding on the new McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA), the carbon-fiber tub replaces the automaker’s MonoCell design that started life in the MP4-12C. Rivals Ferrari and Lamborghini utilize aluminum construction for their lower-level models. The MCLA was designed from the start for electrified powertrains, and the platform will be utilized in future McLarens.

McLaren Artura

McLaren Artura

McLaren Artura

McLaren Artura

McLaren Artura

A twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6 produces 577 hp and 431 lb-ft of torque. At 353 pounds, it weighs 110 lbs less than McLaren’s twin-turbo V-8 and is shorter for better packaging, which is aided by dry sump lubrication. The aluminum engine can rev to 8,500 rpm, which is just 500 rpm shy of the 2022 Porsche 911 GT3’s naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat-6. The gas engine is paired with an electric motor located in the 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that adds 94 hp and 166 lb-ft of torque. Total powertrain output of 671 hp and 531 lb-ft of torque is sent to the rear wheels via an electronically controlled differential also mounted within the transmission.

The Artura utilizes the electric motor to reverse the car by spinning in the opposite direction. There is no reverse gear in the transmission. Neat trick.

McLaren Artura

McLaren Artura

At 3,303 pounds, the Artura is no heavyweight, but McLaren said it packs a punch with a 0-60 mph sprint of 3.0 seconds, a 0-124 mph blast of 8.3 seconds, and a 0-186 mph run of 21.5 seconds on its way to a top speed limited to 205 mph.

The 7.4-kwh lithium-ion battery pack that powers the electric motor provides the Artura with up 19 miles of all-electric range. McLaren said the system can be charged up to 80% in 2.5 hours on a 240-volt outlet, though the battery can also be recharged via the gas engine while driving via various drive modes.

McLaren provides four powertrain modes: E-mode (all-electric mode), Comfort, Sport, and Track. Independently controlled handling modes adjust the dampers and electronic stability control system.

In a bid to provide feedback from the road, McLaren sticks with a hydraulic power-steering system. Every Artura will come with carbon-ceramic brakes and aluminum calipers to save unsprung weight and deliver track-ready stopping performance.

McLaren Artura

McLaren Artura

McLaren Artura

McLaren Artura

McLaren Artura

McLaren Artura

There’s no mistaking the Artura for anything other than a McLaren. It looks like an evolutionary cross between cars from the brand’s entry-level Sport Series and higher-performance Super Series. The Artura has a typical cab-forward layout with a short, low front end and a long roofline. As with other McLarens, the Artura features dihedral doors, and the center exhaust tips exit straight up from the engine. The supercar rides on forged 7-spoke, 19-inch front and 20-inch wheels wrapped in McLaren-specific Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires.

McLaren Artura

McLaren Artura

McLaren Artura

McLaren Artura

McLaren Artura

McLaren Artura

The Artura features a simple interior focused on driving with powertrain and handling controls mounted on the side of the digital instrument cluster, an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and heated seats with memory and lumbar adjustments. An optional Clubsport seat pivots in an elliptical arc to change all seat adjustments.

The Artura’s electrical architecture enables OTA update when connected to wi-fi. Future software updates will not require owners to visit a McLaren dealer.

Fuel economy ratings haven’t been released, but the Artura will likely be the most efficient McLaren to date when it arrives in U.S. dealers in the third quarter of this year.

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Turn back time with this retro 2021 Ford F-150

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2021 BFP Retro Ford F-150

After launching a retro design package for the Ford F-150 about two years ago, Ohio dealership Beechmont Ford is back with another version for the redesigned 2021 F-150.

First spotted by Motor1, the 2021 BFP Retro Ford F-150 features basically the same ingredients as before, including a two-tone vinyl wrap, retro 17-inch wheels wrapped in 35-inch all-terrain tires, and a 3.5-inch lift kit. A chrome bed rack and KC Hi Lights complete the look. The default Satin Pearl wrap can also be substituted for actual paint.

While the previous retro F-150 was based on the XLT trim level, the 2021 model shown here is based on the higher-level Lariat model. You can still get the retro package on an XLT, or a different 2021 F-150 trim level should you desire. Beechmont Ford does recommend the factory Chrome Package, which matches the bed rack and polished wheels.

2021 BFP Retro Ford F-150

Beechmont is asking for a $500 deposit on the package. Customers must order their trucks directly from Ford and specify delivery to Beechmont, which will then add the retro extras.

The dealership noted that wait times are longer than usual due to the global microchip shortage, which has heavily impacted truck production. It’s currently estimating a six-month wait time for delivery.

Beechmont doesn’t just do retro trucks. This is also the dealership that began offering a 750-hp supercharged Ford Mustang for $44,994 last year. Beechmont takes a stock 5.0-liter V-8 Mustang GT and adds a Roush Phase 2 supercharger, which is normally a $7,999 item on its own. You even get a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty.

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Should you use racing oil in your road car?

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Ford Mustang NASCAR Xfinity Series race car

Every part of a modern race car is optimized to extract maximum performance—including the fluids that go into it. Specialized racing oil is a must in the paddock, but is it a good idea to use that in your road car?

“Engineering Explained” host Jason Fenske answers that question in this video, talking to engineers from Mobil1 (which also sponsored the video), engine builder Roush Yates Engines, and NASCAR team Stewart-Haas Racing.

First off, Fenske emphasizes that racing engines don’t have much in common with road-car engines. Pushrod V-8s like the ones used in NASCAR disappeared from the average American car decades ago, and racing engines in general have a very different duty cycle. They’re flogged (a NASCAR V-8 can rev to 10,000 rpm and spend 90% to 95% of a race at full throttle), but also have fairly short maintenance intervals. NASCAR engines have their oil changed about every 500 miles and are only expected to last about 1,500 miles, Fenske noted.

 

Ford Mustang NASCAR Xfinity Series race car

NASCAR oil is also fairly unrestricted (rules can vary by race series), giving teams more leeway to look for competitive advantages, Fenske said. Teams tend to use thinner-weight oils to reduce frictional losses and maximize power. That’s not great for longevity but, remember, the engine only needs to last 1,500 miles. Road-car engines, on the other hand, are expected to last hundreds of thousands of miles, so that kind of tradeoff isn’t possible.

Racing oils and road-car oils do have some commonalities, though. They use a lot of the same additives, such as detergents, dispersants, anti-foaming agents, antioxidants, and rust inhibitors, Fenske noted.

However, the difference is in the details. Oils used for road cars are designed to meet a long list of regulations and requirements set down by individual automakers. In NASCAR where, again, rules governing oil are fairly loose, teams can optimize an oil for one specific engine design. It’s really that process that makes racing oil work, and it’s just not practical for individual road cars. Unless you have your own laboratory and a lot of patience, at least.

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Bugatti Chiron Super Sport, 2021 Tesla Model S Plaid, 2022 Ford Maverick: This Week’s Top Photos

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Tesla Model S Plaid specs

Bugatti this week launched a new variant of the Chiron packing 1,578 hp. It’s related to the recent Chiron Super Sport 300+ but features a lower top speed and tuning that prioritizes comfort.

Tesla Model S Plaid specs

If you’re looking for a car that accelerates quicker to 60 mph than the Bugatti above, look no further than the 2021 Tesla Model S Plaid. The electric super hatch started deliveries this week, and owners can look forward to 0-60 times in less than two seconds and a quarter-mile ET of a bit over nine.

2022 Toyota Land Cruiser

2022 Toyota Land Cruiser

A new Toyota Land Cruiser was revealed this week, the iconic off-roader’s first redesign in more than a decade. It features a new platform as well as twin-turbo V-6 power, and while it won’t be sold in the United States its hardware should end up in a redesigned Lexus LX.

2022 BMW X3 M Competition

2022 BMW X3 M Competition

BMW unveiled updated versions of its X3 and X4 small crossovers. The updates extend to the high-performance M versions which also benefit from a boost in torque figures for the Competition models. A redesigned BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe also made headlines.

2022 Ford Maverick

2022 Ford Maverick

Ford unveiled a compact pickup truck that goes by the name Maverick. It’s essentially a twin under the skin with the Bronco Sport, and it’s headed to showrooms shortly with standard hybrid power and a base price of about $20,000.

2022 Volkswagen Multivan

2022 Volkswagen Multivan

Another new vehicle in the headlines this week was Volkswagen’s T7-generation van, which debuted in passenger-oriented Multivan guise. Unlike the T6 generation, which uses a dedicated van platform, the T7 has moved to the more car-like MQB platform shared with multiple models sold by Volkswagen Group brands.

2022 Ferrari V-6 hybrid supercar spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2022 Ferrari V-6 hybrid supercar spy shots – Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

And finally, Ferrari was spotted testing its upcoming V-6-powered supercar. The new model will feature a mid-engine layout and hybrid technology, making it a rival to the recently revealed McLaren Artura.

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