Inspired by one of McLaren’s greatest racing drivers Aryton Senna, the McLaren Senna is a car like no other. It is therefore most track focused car ever from McLaren. And created with sole objective of establishing the purest connection between car and driver. And of course to set the fastest lap times of any McLaren to date. McLaren Senna is a car that is legalized for road use, but not sanitized to suit it.
It is a new member of the McLaren Ultimate Series, a product family introduced with the McLaren P1 and reserved for the rarest and most extreme McLaren cars. It does take inspiration from Mclaren P1. But there is a major difference in the approach towards design and development. While focus for the McLaren P1 was both road and track, the McLaren Senna’s sol aim was about track prowess only.
The McLaren Senna will be hand-assembled in England at the McLaren Production Centre. Production will limit to 500 vehicles. With one being auctioned for 2 millions pounds and remaining 499 McLaren Sennas has already been assigned to a customer.
Design: Function over beauty
The McLaren Senna is a car designed by engineers not stylist. It follow the ‘form follows function’ design mantra. The first impression is of an aggressive, unforgiving machine, purely designed to go fast on a track, not to win any beauty contest.
From the front splitter to the double diffuser at the rear, you cannot follow a single line from the front to the rear without it passing through a functional air intake or vent. Even the thickness of the rear lights and the angle of the unique ‘slash-cut’ exhausts make an airflow contribution to the performance of the McLaren Senna.
Down-force and aerodynamic balance are the guiding principles. To observe the detailed work that has gone into every aerodynamic element of the McLaren Senna is quite astonishing. To experience it all working in unison is truly incredible. The active aerodynamics create, maintain and control the aerodynamic performance of the McLaren Senna to ensure the driver has the confidence to explore the limits such down-force unlocks.
Performance: It’s all about force and down-force
The McLaren Senna had a single objective to be the ultimate McLaren track car for the road. It deliberately compromises McLaren’s trademark breadth of supercar daily usability. The pioneering front and rear active aerodynamics generate unprecedented levels of down-force and work in harmony with the Race Active Chassis Control II (RCC II), hydraulic suspension and the ultra-rigid Mono-Cage III monocoque to deliver an incredibly intensive experience on a circuit.
With a carbon fibre chassis and carbon fibre body panels, ensure this is the lightest vehicle McLaren has built since the iconic McLaren F1 road car, at just 1,198kg. The 4.0-litre twin- turbocharged V8 is producing 800PS (789bhp) and 800Nm (590lb ft) giving McLaren Senna a staggering power-to-weight ratio of 688PS-per-tonne. That in theory makes Senna faster than P1.
Innovation: Some Magic
- The new generation of ground breaking front and rear active aerodynamics.
- The carbon fibre MonoCage III chassis is the strongest monocoque ever by McLaren for a road-legal vehicle.
- The track-focused Race mode introduces a lower ride height, a lower centre of gravity and significantly stiffer suspension.
- The carbon ceramic braking system is the most advanced ever on a McLaren road car.
- Tyre choice is equally innovative, with bespoke Pirelli P ZeroTM Trofeo R tyres developed in conjunction with McLaren technical partner Pirelli.
- An ultra-lightweight alloy wheel with a race-inspired centre lock system.
Some conclusive facts
- New member of Ultimate Series is the most extreme McLaren road car yet.
- Bears the name of legendary Formula 1 driver, Ayrton Senna.
- And at 1,198kg (2,641lbs), the lightest McLaren road car since the iconic McLaren F1.
- 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 is the most powerful McLaren road car internal combustion engine ever, with 800PS (789bhp) and 800Nm (590 lb ft).
- Power-to-weight ratio of 668PS-per-tonne delivers savage performance.
- Mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive chassis – the optimum configuration for dynamic excellence.
- Priced at £750,000 including taxes (UK).
- Production limited to 500 units, all hand-assembled at the McLaren Production Centre in Woking, Surrey, England from Q3 2018
I would say that Senna is not about beauty but performance. But that doesn’t mean that it is not a stunner. This car is a hypercar in every sense and have kind of masculine handsomeness to it.