McLaren Senna unveiled with 588kW

McLaren Senna unveiled with 588kW

Andrew Cummings
December 11, 2017

McLaren refers to it as a track-focused hypercar that's been "legalised for road use, but not sanitised to suit it". We are talking about the McLaren Senna which is the successor of the highly popular P1 hybrid hypercar.

Out of nowhere, McLaren has released their latest addition to their Ultimate Series.

Internally designated P15 and officially called Senna (after Ayrton Senna, legendary F1 driver who also raced for McLaren) this new model sits right below what will become the P1-replacement (BP23 dubbed the world's first "hyper GT") and offer similar thrills without the electrified powertrain.

Weighing just shy of 1.2 tonnes it is the lightest McLaren road vehicle since the iconic F1 of the 1990s and is part of the brand's series of Ultimate models. Carbon-fiber has been used extensively, from the dash to the center-console, and storage space is restricted to a chamber behind the seats. The final result is the light street-legal McLaren since the F1 at just 2,641 lbs.

It is a development of the chassis from the 720S, with its ultra-lightweight carbon-fibre construction, and weighs just 1,198 kilograms; the 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 produces 789hp and 800Nm of torque.

"The McLaren Senna is a auto 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", says Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive. This active carbon beast is partnered with a large front splitter and a carbon rear double diffuser to further enhance downforce and handling performance. All 500 examples of the auto have been sold, and a portion of the car's £750,000 price tag will be given to the Ayrton Senna Foundation, an NGO that funds educational projects for Brazilian children.

"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". "The McLaren Senna honours my uncle because it is so utterly dedicated to delivering a circuit experience that allows a driver to be the best they can possibly be".

Speaking of owners, there will be 500 examples of the Senna built, selling for a cool £750,000 apiece in the UK. Production will begin in the third quarter of 2018 after a public debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

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