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McLaren Automotive and Lockheed Martin Skunk Works® Announce Technical Collaboration

Relationship will explore futuristic design methods

By: McLaren | Photos Courtesy of: McLaren

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Luxury supercar and hypercar maker McLaren Automotive is collaborating with Lockheed Martin Skunk Works® to assess a futuristic design methodology.

The project will focus on deploying a new Skunk Works’ design system, developed for the world of aviation, into the realms of high-performance, cutting-edge automotive supercar design.

The pioneering software sets the parameters for high-speed systems more accurately and swiftly than traditional design methods.

McLaren scientists and engineers will work alongside counterparts at Skunk Works to test and explore how this cutting-edge technology could be employed commercially in the automotive design world.

“McLaren is a pioneering company that has always pushed boundaries and sought out new innovative and disruptive solutions to making the ultimate supercars. Working alongside an iconic company such as Lockheed Martin Skunk Works®, renowned for their visionary focus on the future, is a natural fit. We hope this is the start of a longer and deeper collaboration that will benefit our customers in the long-term.” – Darren Goddard, Chief Technical Officer, McLaren Automotive.

To mark the start of the technology collaboration, both companies showcased some of their latest projects at Skunk Works headquarters in the California High Desert. Alongside the conceptual Darkstar hypersonic aircraft – star of the blockbuster Top Gun: Maverick movie – was a McLaren Artura hybrid supercar.

As McLaren’s first-ever series-production High-Performance Hybrid (HPH) supercar, the Artura is the brand’s first model built on the all-new McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA) which is uniquely optimized for HPH powertrains, and features an all-new twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 petrol engine with an E-motor.

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