The McLaren is coming to the Philippines. Yes, folks, this was confirmed by McLaren’s Automotive CEO, Mike Flewitt during a press briefing in Detroit.
According to Flewitt, McLaren’s sales have been decreasing in the United Kingdom. This has prompted the company to further expand their market to the U.S.. They are also looking into other Asian countries such as India, Russia, Vietnam, and the Philippines.
Asia: Next Stop
The company has already been making its presence known in Asia, and recently introduced the 720S at the 38th Bangkok International Motor Show. Their next move, however, is still under “close negotiations”.
“We’re having a very detailed analysis about the timing for this. We’re in some very close negotiations of what we’re going to do with the right partner. I don’t have any exact timing to give, I’m afraid. But I’m hoping to be there very soon,” said George Biggs, McLaren Automotive Asia Pacific Managing Director.
McLaren plans to set up a dealership here and sell its complete lineup in the country. Reports also said that the company wants to bring in its first-ever hybrid super car in the Philippines. However, the company hasn’t confirmed this, yet.
About McLaren Automotive
McLaren Automotive is a British automotive manufacturer located in McLaren Technology Center in Woking, Surrey. It was founded in 2010 after replacing McLaren Cars in 2010.
Mclaren Automotive has three products: Sports Series, Super Series, and Ultimate Series. They are currently sold through over 80 retailers in 30 markets around the world.
The company prides itself in introducing carbon fiber chassis into Formula 1 with the McLaren MP4/1. It also built the McLaren F1 Road Car, and its hybrid hypercar, the McLaren P1. The latter was developed with one clear goal: to be the best driver’s car in the world on road and track. Its M838TQ powertrain can deliver 916PS and an astonishing 900Nm of torque, taking it from 0-100km/h in just 2.8 seconds. It reaches 300 km/h in 16.5 seconds, making it 5.5 seconds faster than the iconic McLaren F1.
Last year, it announced at Goodwood Festival of Speed that it will invest £1.2billion in research and development for the production of 18 new cars or derivatives by the end of 2025.