McLaren doesn’t do ordinary, and neither does it do slow. Throughout the seven years of its history, the only constant the British marque has established is that it’s synonymous with crazy looking, alien-like cars that are notoriously quick, both on straights and around the bends.
And these are road cars that we’re talking about, not track-only toys for millionaires. The new McLaren Senna is no exception, especially when it’s second in the Ultimate Series (after the P1), and named after one of motoring’s greatest legends, Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna. The Brazilian racing driver won three championships for McLaren in 1988, 1990 and 1991.
McLaren also shaped the car after his famous words: “you commit yourself to such a level where there is no compromise. You give everything you have; everything, absolutely everything.”
“The brief was quite clear on this car, to make it as fast as we can around a track, but still road legal,”said Vehicle Line Director Andy Palmer (not to be confused with Aston Martin’s CEO). “It’s our fastest car, comparable to a P1 around a lap.”
Although the Senna hasn’t yet been subjected to lap times, consensus is that it’ll be comparable to the P1 — despite having lesser horsepower — because of its lighter body and higher bhp-per-tonne figures. A zero-to-100kph sprint is projected to only take 2.8 seconds, and then on to 200kph in 6.8 seconds.
Sadly, the McLaren Senna is but a 500-example limited edition car, and they’re all already sold out despite production only beginning from the second half of 2018. McLaren intended for it to trigger emotional desire by indulging all senses, from its violent aerodynamic design right down to the noise of the air intake and engine. Here’s what you need to know about the new ultimate road-legal track car.