McLaren was supposed to launch its 2022 Artura hybrid supercar last fall, the car being highly anticipated by fans of the brand. However, as you can already tell, the new model was delayed and we’re still waiting for it, a wait that may very well be prolonged till the second half of next year. A new report coming in from Automotive News claims that we won’t see the Artura until July and even that date is basically wishful thinking.
The microchip scarcity that has wracked the whole automotive industry has now reached McLaren, this being the apparent reason behind this delay. Roger Ormisher, a spokesperson for McLaren, acknowledged the initial report from Automotive News and couldn’t offer an exact date when the Artura could enter production.
This isn’t the first time the McLaren Artura has had a setback on its journey to market. McLaren had planned to release the supercar in the fall of 2020, but it was forced to postpone it until June of this year. The car’s launch in the United States was then delayed due to supply chain concerns, and the continued chip scarcity would put it back even further. According to Automotive News, McLaren is prioritizing chip supplies for higher-margin cars since it is experiencing the same production constraints as other manufacturers.
This is slated to be the brand’s first series-production hybrid, and it’s quite technologically advanced. It combines a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 with an electric motor housed within the transmission bell housing. The supercar can reach 62 miles per hour in 3.0 seconds thanks to its combined output of 671 horsepower and 593 pound-feet of torque. It has a top speed of 205 mph and comes with a new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. With this development, McLaren becomes yet another name on the long list of car makers affected by the worldwide microchip shortage we’re experiencing right now.