If you’re going to name something after a legend, it cannot be anything less than legendary. Built to replace the P1 and codenamed heretofore as the P15 project, McLaren officially unveiled the Senna as its newest Ultimate Series hypercar. This million dollar machine has been named after McLaren’s famed Formula One driver, the late Ayrton Senna, who won all three of his World Championships driving for McLaren, thus forming a timeless bond with the British automotive company.
A close view
The McLaren Senna is a minimalistic, all-performance and no-nonsense hypercar that has been stripped bare of all luxurious features in order to optimize performance. With the extremely light Monocage III carbon fibre chassis, no air-conditioning system, side airbags, minimal leather padding on seats and room at the back barely enough to store two helmets and racing suits, this featherweight hypercar, at 2641 pounds, weighs only a few hundred pounds over the original McLaren Formula One car.
Sculpted to acceleratory perfection, a careful look at the McLaren Senna is a lesson in aerodynamics and fluid mechanics. The ingeniously carved vents and air-intakes, along with a humongous rear spoiler, manipulate the air around, to create just the right amount of drag needed to the keep the car grounded as it glides over the road. McLaren, in a press release, called the driving experience of the Senna, the purest connection between the driver and the car.
Under the hood
Under the hood, the McLaren Senna has a beastly twin-turbo 4 Litre V8 engine, tweaked to produce peak horsepower of 789 and a tremendous 590 lb-ft of torque. Although there a few other hypercars with similar engine power, the phenomenal ‘power to weight’ ratio of the McLaren Senna puts it in a league of its own.
Worth its price
With a novel aesthetic sense, brutally powerful engine specifications and an aerodynamically superior design that would put most hypercars to shame, the Senna is justifiably priced at a ‘not so conservative’ one million dollars, including taxes. If this wasn’t enough to add to the exclusivity of the car, McLaren has decided that it will only build 500 of these magnificent machines. While 499 of them had apparently been laid claim to, McLaren reserved the final car for a private auction, the proceeds of which are to go to the Ayrton Senna Institute, involved in supporting the underprivileged youth in Brazil.
With Ayrton’s nephew and McLaren ambassador Bruno Senna present at the auction with his mother, Ayrton’s older sister Viviane, the gavel for the last McLaren Senna fell at a whopping 2 million pounds (equivalent to about 2.7 million dollars). The price tag might seem a bit outrageous, but for a cause as righteous as this, it is worth every penny. With the marvellous McLaren Senna all set to make its official debut at the 88th Geneva International Motor Show in March, we are pretty sure that this Ultimate Series hypercar will be inviting quite a few envious glances all around.