UPDATE: McLaren Group has released the following statement regarding the information reported below:
“McLaren Group is aware of a news media report stating it has been sold to Audi. This is wholly inaccurate and McLaren is seeking to have the story removed.
“McLaren’s technology strategy has always involved ongoing discussions and collaboration with relevant partners and suppliers, including other carmakers, however, there has been no change in the ownership structure of the McLaren Group.”
It has been well-documented that over the last few years, the McLaren Group has been experiencing a series of financial struggles. A new rumour suggests that Audi will soon be coming to the rescue as it has purchased the entirety of the British supercar manufacturer.
According to inside information sourced from Autocar, the acquisition of the McLaren Group will be a complete takeover from Audi. The finer details are still unclear as there is no confirmation if this news is related to the recent departure of McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt.
It is also unclear what the implications of any Audi and McLaren Group tie-up would be on the now-finalised partnership between Rimac and Bugatti, which has been devised with the aim of developing all-electric successors to the Nevera EV hypercar and the soon-to-be-retired Bugatti Chiron.
With this acquisition however, Audi now has access to the highly rated McLaren Applied arm which specialises in electrification systems for both road and track.
The British publication says thatan Audi spokesperson had no official comment to add at this stage and McLaren has yet to respond to any requests for comment.