Published on January 4th, 2023 | by Sounder Rajen0
McLaren Recalls Artura Over Potential Fuel Leak
Apparently this is caused by loose nuts in the McLaren Artura
British supercar manufacturer, McLaren did not really have the best year last year and had to sell off some really exclusive cars at the end of the year just to stay afloat. It would seem that the worst is still not behind them though, as the brand has had to recall its recently released Artura for fears of potential fuel leaks.
So the 2023 McLaren Artura is being recalled for potentially loose nuts that the brand says could cause a fuel leak. However, this issue only seems to be affecting a small number of cars in the U.S. at least for the moment. Regardless, it would be wise for all Artura owners to get their car checked out soon.
Moreover, the NHTSA reports that high-pressure fuel pipes on the recalled vehicles feature cold-formed nuts with rolled threads which can loosen from the connection with the fuel pump and cause a fuel leak. The joint where nuts could loosen is close to engine components, which get hot and could thus form an ignition source.
McLaren states that this issue is due to the type of nut that is used in the Artura. These cold-formed nuts with rolled threads on the affected vehicles may have a coefficient of friction too low to ensure a reliable connection. The brand says this is a result of the manufacturing process of the affected nuts.
Furthermore, McLaren also stated that some models of the Artura were equipped with fully machined nuts and those cars are not affected. McLaren reported around 164 cars are potentially affected but a spokesperson for the company believes that less than 50 cars are likely affected with the rest being either in transit or part of the brand’s internal fleet.
As for the affected examples of the McLaren Artura, dealers in the U.S will replace the high-pressure fuel pipe at no charge. The company has stated that it is using its production records to determine which cars are affected but is yet to discuss a timeline to notify the owners of when to bring their cars in for fixing.
This is a bit sad for McLaren as the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) Artura was first unveiled in 2021 but customer deliveries only began in the middle of 2022 amid financial difficulties for the brand. This led to the brand selling a few cars from its heritage collection to finance the Artura. We wrote about that too, check it out here.
Additionally, the Artura is the first car that McLaren has designed completely from scratch since the MP4-12C supercar that the brand introduced nearly a decade ago, so the fact that the car has to be recalled so soon after release and all the trouble that came before, is truly heartbreaking.