BMW and McLaren are reportedly close to signing an agreement to jointly develop a platform for electric sports cars. Audi, on the other hand, is also interested in acquiring part of the McLaren F1 team
In the past, McLaren and BMW have collaborated to produce the McLaren F1 powered by a V12 engine. However, it should be noted that modern McLaren Automotive (founded in 2010) is not technically the same company that built the F1 (built by McLaren Cars, founded in 1985).
If the McLaren F1, BMW only supplies the engine. The cooperation in making this platform is broader than just supplying machines. The two companies will work together to develop an electric sports car platform that can be used by both brands.
This is certainly good news for those of you who want an electric sports car in the future. Cooperation in making this platform, of course, can reduce development costs. So it can make electric sports vehicles more affordable than developing the platform itself.
This rumor itself comes from an Automobilwoche report, quoted by Automotive News which talks about the Audi – McLaren F1 deal. McLaren also continued discussions with BMW and signed a memorandum of understanding with the automaker on March 24 on the joint development of an architecture for electric sports cars.
This joint development collaboration is nothing new for BMW. Previously the new BMW Z4 and Toyota Supra shared a sports car platform that was developed together.