Mercedes, McLaren part ways for future supercars

Mercedes-Benz and racing firm McLaren are not likely to work together on a successor to the Mercedes SLR McLaren supercar, but instead will pursue their own separate projects, according to a report by Automotive News Europe.

For its next ultra-expesnive sports car, Mercedes will work with DTM racing partner H.W.A., according to the trade publication. The firm will also collaborate with Mercedes-Benz on several other range-topping performance models.

H.W.A. was founded by Hans-Werner Aufrecht, who also helped found the AMG performance group, which was eventually acquired by Mercedes. The new supercar will use a heavily modified version of AMG's 6.2 liter V8, much in the same way the SLR uses AMG's 5.5 liter mill.

McLaren is likely to develop a new supercar of its own, thanks to strong income from its F1 racing efforts. The car will probably be pitched as a successor to the McLaren F1.