McLaren Have Announced a Hypercar Dedicated to Ayrton Senna
In his five years at McLaren’s F1 team, Ayrton Senna won three World Championships and established himself as one of the best drivers to have ever graced the sport. McLaren is honouring the Brazilian icon’s legacy with a new hypercar built with one singular purpose — to be the fastest car on the track. Introducing the McLaren Senna.
The new McLaren Senna is the second instalment of the manufacturer’s Ultimate Series. And while naming a car after one of the biggest icons in motorsport may seem like a big step for McLaren, when you learn that Aryton’s nephew, Bruno Senna, was involved in the development, and its mission statement is to be the company’s most focused and effective track car ever, it couldn’t really be called anything else, could it!?
Though the Senna will be street legal when it arrives in 2018, McLaren are keen to stress that the car ‘is legalised for road use, but not sanitised to suit it.’ Its ultra-lightweight construction, with a carbon fibre chassis and carbon fibre body panels, ensures this is the lightest McLaren since the F1. And it’s no hybrid either.
Under the hood, you’ll find a development of the 720S’s 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 which chucks out up to 789bhp and produces 590lb ft of torque. This combination creates a staggering power-to-weight ratio of 688PS-per-tonne. Given the P1 has a ratio of 647PS-per-tonne but the Senna has more downforce, we’ll assume acceleration will be fairly similar – a 0-62mph of 2.8secs and a 0-124mph of 6.8secs. Whatever the exact figures – it’ll be rapid!
Design-wise, the Senna is said to be ‘the ultimate distillation’ of McLaren’s ‘form follows function’ design mantra. That means the hypercar is aggressive to say the least. From the front splitter to the double diffuser at the rear, you can’t follow a single line on the Senna without it hitting an intake or vent. Quite simply, it’s gorgeous and we want one.
However, the McLaren Senna will be limited to only 500 units and the entire run has already been sold. Starting from the second half of 2018, each Senna will cost £750,000. Head over to the McLaren Website for more details.