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McLaren Artura: Former McLaren design chief impressed, but with reservations

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Former McLaren design chief Frank Stephenson shares his thoughts on the new McLaren Artura, which is the brand’s first series of high-performance hybrids. It also inaugurates the new McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA), specifically designed to accommodate hybrid engines.

With its superformed aluminum and carbon fiber, McLaren has managed to keep Artura’s weight to a minimum, despite maintaining proportions.

That said, how does Artura’s design fare in the eyes of former McLaren design chief Frank Stephenson? For those who do not have the knowledge, Stephenson was design director at McLaren Automotive from 2008 to 2017, where he created a new design language for the British car manufacturer and created the new McLarens range, namely the MP4-12C, P1, 675LT , 570S and 720S.

He also said that it was certainly an interesting experience to publicly analyze this evolution of a design language that he was part of creation. The head of design also mentioned recently, that he has been impartial enough to give a sincere account of the new Artura and that some of his suggestions are, in fact, improvements!

Based on the embedded video, Stephenson practically gave Artura high praise for its stunning design and progressive looks. He liked the cohesiveness of the new McLaren team’s supercar. He, remarkably, loved the Arturas, and his
side profile as well as the rear. But it was not all praise for the youngest McLaren. Stephenson criticized the name, and there were parts of the vehicle that caught his eye such as the black recessed area near the headlights, as well as the short DRLs and the air vents in the front fenders.

There have been other improvements to details, which he wanted to highlight in terms of design, but are now out of details for now. Overall, Stephenson gave Artura a solid 8.5 out of a perfect 10, for the reason he sees it as an evolution and refinement of the McLaren 570. As such, it left room for further refinements in future developments.

Source: Engine1

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