The ultimate road-legal, track-concentrated McLaren Senna hypercar will make its public debut in March, at the 88th Geneva International Motor Show. Asian Sunday got a sneak peak into McLaren’s most extreme road car yet.
The McLaren Senna has been designed, engineered and developed with single-minded purpose: to be the ultimate McLaren track-concentrated car for the road. Legalised for road use, but not sanitised to suit it, the new Ultimate Series deliberately compromises McLaren’s trademark breadth of supercar daily usability; instead it provides the purest connection between driver and car, to deliver the most intense circuit experience of any road McLaren.
The technical recipe is classic McLaren Automotive supercar, a pedigree established and earned in the short time elapsed since the pioneering sports and supercar company was founded in 2010, but taken to another level entirely in the McLaren Senna. Ultra-lightweight construction, with carbon fibre chassis and body panels. Mid-mounted, twin-turbocharged V8 McLaren engine. Rear wheel drive. Sophisticated race-derived suspension that delivers an unparalleled blend of control and dynamic balance. Electro-hydraulic steering that rewards accurate inputs and gives the purest feedback. And two seats – but with absolute focus on the importance of the one that the driver occupies.
The car bears the name of legendary Formula 1 driver, Ayrton Senna, and weighing in at 1,198kg (2,641lbs) it is also the lightest McLaren road car since the iconic McLaren F1.
The vehicle boasts 0 litre twin-turbocharger V8, making it the most powerful McLaren road car internal combustion engine ever, with 800PS (789bhp) and 800Nm (590 lb ft)
With only 500 units being produced and all hand assembled at the McLaren production centre in Woking from Q3, 2018, car enthusiasts will no doubt be keen to get their hands on the £750,00 (inclusive of UK taxes) priced Senna.
Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer at McLaren Automotive said:
“The McLaren Senna is a car like no other: the personification of McLaren’s motorsport DNA, legalised for road use but designed and developed from the outset to excel on a circuit. Every element of this new Ultimate Series McLaren has an uncompromised performance focus, honed to ensure the purest possible connection between driver and machine and deliver the ultimate track driving experience in the way that only a McLaren can.”