Revealed today (March 3), the strategic agreement will see McLaren develop and supply drivetrain components, including inverters and motors, for the Kincsem Hyper GT and SUV, also recognised as the “world’s first” nano-photonic light activated solid-state hydrogen hybrid hyper-car.

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This will see McLaren delve deeper into the hydrogen industry and support the growing community for hydrogen technologies.

BAK Motors has selected McLaren Applied’s new IPG5 800V Silicon Carbide inverter which is able to maximise the vehicles range whilst also supporting faster charging – a key characteristic of the vehicle.

As well as this, the impressively low mass and volume of the inverter and motor reduces overall vehicle weight, is easier to package, and significantly contributes to an optimised driving experience and unrivalled performance.

The drivetrain technology will be implemented into a BAK-RICARDO hydrogen-powered hybrid engine that harnesses both hydrogen and battery electric efficiencies.

Tibor Bak, CEO of BAK Motors, said, “Our ambition for BAK Motors is to work with the very best of the best. McLaren Applied are innovators in their field and have extensive experience in electric drivetrain technology and virtual product development.

“By adopting McLaren Applied skillsets to the Kincsem Hyper-GT we will drastically cut development time and unnecessary cost through a digital-first philosophy.”

Nick Fry, Non-Executive Chairman at McLaren Applied, said, “McLaren Applied is delighted to be bringing its IPG5 inverter to BAK Motors’ future brands and products.

“We’re proud to be pioneering the future by taking the efficiency gains forged in the automotive and motorsport sectors and applying them to the next generation of electrified transport.”

North American Hydrogen Summit

H2 View is taking its events platform to America’s original clean hydrogen hub of California. Together with the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP), we will stage our North American Hydrogen Summit in San Francisco on July 14-15.

As our summit theme Building Bridges: Hydrogen hubs and investment suggests, the event will explore the $8bn of funding announced to create at least four regional hydrogen hubs in the US. These hubs will turbo-charge the nation’s progress toward heavy trucking and industrial sectors that run without producing carbon pollution – and they may just provide the path forward to a hydrogen-fuelled future.

With California and Texas vying to be America’s hydrogen capital today, where are the hubs of tomorrow? Further still, what can other states, and countries, learn from California’s success story? And how can we build bridges to a successful flow of international investment?

Full information about this event including attendance and sponsorship packages can be found here.