At the moment, BMW is working with Toyota on what the company has been calling a ‘halo car;’ a twin-turbo, possibly hybrid, rear-wheel-drive platform that could also become the next Toyota Supra. Plans for the sportscar are said to be progressing quite well with the two marques almost ready to show off a finished product. With the new McLaren rumor, it seems that the halo nature we’ve come to believe isn’t actually the case.
Additionally, McLaren’s Formula 1 partner is Honda. Honda and Toyota are rivals in almost every market. We sincerely doubt that McLaren would do anything to endanger that relationship, especially since it is so new to the Formula 1 team. Nevertheless, the idea of BMW working on a supercar is an intriguing rumor.
Our question though becomes, why not just modify the i8’s platform? Right now, BMW has a phenomenal platform under the i8. It’s a carbon fiber monocoque, and is as rigid as any other supercar. Moreover, if you look at the i8’s engine bay, it looks large enough to fit one of the company’s new twin-turbocharged inline-six cylinders from the M3/M4. Why not go that route?
All the R&D is done, all the tooling is complete, and the brand already has a following. Not to mention the i8 is a stunning car. None of this makes sense in terms of either business or common sense.
Of course, BMW would be smart to rely on McLaren for the supercar manufacturer’s technical know-how, but to build a car with the company, that seems out there to say the least.
According to our McLaren rep though, all of the statements made by Car are pure speculation.