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    • All wheel drive McLarens inevitable? McLaren ponders AWD future

      All wheel drive is becoming a staple of high performance cars. Why? Well, the amount of power and torque they put out in the turbo era is one major reason. Even the vaunted BMW M5 is available with all wheel drive from the company that said they would never give in.


      Well, they gave in and McLaren might have to as well. The difference is McLaren is not producing heavy cars. They do not need a ton of torque down low to get vehicles equipped with carbon fiber monocoques moving.

      Keeping weight down is part of the McLaren appeal. Porsche even produces a new 991.2 GT2 model with real drive despite internally debating for some time that the car produces too much power for a rear wheel drive layout.

      With everyone going to all wheel drive and turbos rear wheel drive sports cars with low weight are becoming a rarity. The Viper is gone and really the only options come from Porsche, Chevrolet, McLaren, and Ferrari.

      Quote Originally Posted by McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt
      Were not there yet, but Id say were getting close to the limit. Were not planning [all wheel drive] right now, but were conscious its a direction that we may well want to go in.
      Keep doing what you are doing McLaren. Keeping the cars light is more important than turning them into dragsters.

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      1. subaru335i's Avatar
        subaru335i -
        The P1 is RWD right? I agree, as long as they keep mclarens light they should stay away from awd.
        Unless they decide to put an electric motor in the front on their next top tier hybrid. The only tracks where the P1 really lost to the 918 were low speed tight corners where the 918's awd helped. Otherwise P1 is the faster car.
      1. danb's Avatar
        danb -
        There is nothing that can replace a light car with tactile steering feel such as you get on a two wheel drive sports car. I don't rue the turbo era, but I do rue the AWD drive era!
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by danb Click here to enlarge
        There is nothing that can replace a light car with tactile steering feel such as you get on a two wheel drive sports car. I don't rue the turbo era, but I do rue the AWD drive era!
        Agree completely.