18 Jun 2015

The M838T engine from McLaren Automotive has retained the prestigious ‘3-litre to 4-litre’ title at the 2015 Engine of the Year awards. This achievement marks a third successive victory for the highly-efficient twin turbo engine fitted to the core models in the McLaren Super Series, the groundbreaking 650S Coupé and 650S Spider.

The 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 petrol engine has been designed and developed by McLaren in collaboration with Ricardo and has undergone significant changes further to the introduction of the McLaren 650S in 2014. Producing, as the name suggests, 650PS (641bhp) and 678Nm (500lb ft) of torque, the engine accelerates from 0 to 62mph (100 km/h) in 3.0 seconds, but is as focused on efficiency as it is on power. The 650S returns 24.2mpg (11.7 l/100km) on the EU combined cycle, emissions of just 275g/km, and is exempt from gas guzzler tax in North America. The M838T engine in the 650S Coupé and Spider is exclusively filled with Mobil 1 New Life™ 0W-40. The high technology engine lubricant has an optimum combination of synthetic base oils designed to meet the high performance engine demands. 

Now in its 17th year, the International Engine of the Year Awards were presented at Engine Expo 2015, and voted for by an independent panel of leading automotive journalists from around the globe.

Commenting on the M838T engine, Tom Wilson, freelance journalist and International Engine of the Year judge summarised: ’McLaren’s twice-turboed 3.8 engine outclasses its lofty competition so much in sheer output that it’s tough to ignore.’

Richard Farquhar, Head of Powertrain and Davide Bizzarri, Powertrain Control Manager from McLaren Automotive received the award following a ceremony in Stuttgart, Germany. On accepting the award, Farquhar commented: ‘I am extremely proud to be back here at Stuttgart and accept this award on behalf of the entire team at McLaren Automotive, whose commitment and hard work throughout this project has been rewarded for a third consecutive year. The M838T is a wonderful piece of powertrain engineering and has enjoyed tremendous success from the outset. The 3-litre to 4-litre category continues to be extremely competitive, so claiming victory for the third year running confirms that the engine’s ferocity, responsiveness and excellent efficiency remain a benchmark in the industry.’


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About McLaren Automotive:

McLaren Automotive is a British manufacturer of luxury, high-performance sports cars, located at the McLaren Technology Centre (MTC) in Woking, Surrey.

Following the global launch of McLaren Automotive in 2010, the groundbreaking 12C was launched in 2011, the 12C Spider in 2012, and the limited-run McLaren P1™ went into production in 2013. In keeping with its plan to introduce a new model each year, the company unveiled the 650S, in coupe and Spider form in 2014, and has announced the Sports Series among the models to be introduced in 2015. The brand continues to expand, and McLaren posted a profit during 2013 – only the third year of vehicle production. This was followed in 2014, by a third consecutive year of growth in sales with a record 1,648 vehicles delivered via a dedicated global network of retailers in every major automotive market.

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The connection between Formula 1 and road cars at McLaren is a natural process of experience, knowledge, principles and process transfer. Through the integration of 50 years of Formula 1™ racing expertise and knowledge, and over 20 years of heritage in producing landmark sports cars, McLaren Automotive designs, develops and builds a range of technologically advanced and groundbreaking high performance sports cars which are designed to be a no compromise drive on both road and track.

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