After having recently released teaser images of the new McLaren Senna, the automaker is finally ready to make a proper unveiling. The Senna, which is part of the Ultimate Series, gets its name from legendary Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna de Silva. It will stand as the automaker’s most track-focused, road legal car. The automaker plans to build only 500 examples of this model, with profits going to the Senna Foundation charity. The Senna has a price tag of £750,000 ($1 million), in the UK, and believe it or not, all 500 units have already been accounted for.
Undoubtedly, the Senna has a unique exterior design. It was made to be very sleek to boost its performance. This model follows the “form follows function” principle, and its shape is meant to reduce drag and boost cooling. This car spent hours in the wind tunnel, a fact that’s quite obvious as soon as you take note of its double rear diffuser to the underfloor scoop and the large rear wing.
The Senna has interesting see-through glass door panels. Furthermore, the carbon ceramic brakes it wears together with the Pirelli P-Zero Trofeo R tires took seven months to assemble. The interior has a minimalist design that boasts a generous amount of carbon fiber. The cabin features goodies like an infotainment system, rearview camera, a foldable driver’s display, and a sound system. Each car will come with tailor-made carbon seats too.
Under the hood is a biturbo 4.0 liter V8 just like that of the 720S. The Senna gets a specific application so it can produce 789 horsepower and 590 pound feet (800 Newton metres) of torque. That is 79 horsepower and 22 lb feet (30 Nm) more than the 720S. It also weighs much less at just 1,198 kilograms (2,641 pounds) dry, while the 720 weighs a little more with an additional 85 kilos.
As for performance, we do not have any figures just yet, but the automaker promises a “savage performance”, given its tech specs. Bruno Senna, the nephew of Ayrton, was actually involved in the development process of this car.
It should make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March, following the production of the Senna that is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2018. In 2019, we can also expect to see the McLaren F1’s successor - the three-seater “BP23”. Just like the Senna, the Hyper-GT is another exclusive model, but it will be more difficult to get with only 106 examples planned for production. This model has already sold out as well. The said model will be joining the P1, track-only P1 GTR, and the Senna.