McLaren wins International Engine of the Year Award

Posted on 11 Jun 2013 by Tim Brown

McLaren triumphed at the 2013 International Engine of the Year awards with their 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 petrol engine.

The lightweight and highly efficient unit won the ‘3-litre to 4-litre’ category, making it the first new winner of the accolade for five years with the BMW 4-litre V8 having topped the category since 2008.

The M838T engine, designed and developed in collaboration with Ricardo, is fitted to the 12C and 12C Spider high performance sports cars and was recently upgraded to produce 625PS at 7,500rpm and 600Nm of torque between 3,000rpm and 7,000rpm.

Despite this, there were no compromises to efficiency or emissions. Acceleration from a standstill to 62mph (100 km/h) takes just 3.1 seconds for both models*, while returning 24.2 mpg (11.7 l/100km) on the combined cycle and emissions of 279g/km. The figures are much better than most high performance sports cars, in keeping with McLaren’s commitment to class-leading fuel efficiency.

Now in its 15th year, the International Engine of the Year Awards were presented at Engine Expo 2013, and voted for by a panel of 87 automotive journalists from around the world.

Commenting on the M838T engine, one of the international judges, Dan Carney, freelance journalist in the USA explained: “McLaren’s V8 seems to manufacture power on an industrial scale despite its compact size. As car makers struggle to avoid fuel consumption penalties in super sports cars, more of them will develop engines like McLaren’s.”

Mark Vinnels, Programme Director – New Vehicle Projects and Richard Farquhar, Head of Powertrain Programmes from McLaren Automotive received the award at a ceremony in Stuttgart, Germany.

On collecting the award, Mark Vinnels said: “It is a real honour to collect this award, and is credit to all at McLaren Automotive for the hard work and dedication to the 12C project. We set ourselves ambitious targets with the M838T engine driven to produce a no compromise unit that was powerful yet refined, compact, lightweight, responsive and efficient.”


(Engine) (points)
1. Ford 999cc three-cylinder turbo
(Ford Fiesta, B-Max, Focus, C-Max, Grand C-Max)
2. Volkswagen 1.4-litre TSI TwinCharger (Volkswagen Polo, Beetle, Golf Variant, Golf Plus, Golf Cabriolet, Scirocco, Eos, Jetta, CC, Tiguan, Touran/Cross Touran, Passat, Audi A1, A3, Seat Ibiza FR, Alhambra, Ibiza Cupra, Škoda Fabia RS) 408
3. BMW 2-litre twin-turbo four-cylinder petrol (BMW 125i, 320i, 328i, 520i, 528i, Z4 20i, Z4 28i, X1 20i, X1 28i, X3 20i, X1 28i) 247
4. Porsche 2.7-litre DI (Porsche Boxster, Cayman) 245
5. Ferrari 6.3-litre V12 (Ferrari F12 Berlinetta) 233
6. BMW/PSA 1.6-litre turbo petrol (Mini Cooper S, Clubman Cooper S, Countryman Cooper S, Coupé/Roadster Cooper S, Paceman Cooper S, Cooper Works, Clubman Cooper Works, Coupé/Roadster Cooper Works, Paceman Cooper Works, Peugeot 207cc, 208, 308, 3008, 508, 208 GTI, 308 GTI, RCZ, Citroën DS3, C4 Picasso/Grand Picasso, C5/DS5, C4/DS4) 197
7. McLaren 3.8-litre V8 (McLaren MP4-12C) 180
8. Audi 2.5-litre five-cylinder (Audi TT RS, RS3, Q3 RS) 111