McLaren has unveiled its most extreme road car yet. Dubbed McLaren Senna as a tribute to legendary Formula 1 driver, Ayrton Senna, the latest Ultimate Series Macca is also the lightest McLaren road car since the iconic F1. Weighing just 1,198kg, the Senna is powered by a mid-mounted 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 that puts out 800 horsepower and 800Nm of torque. This means the new supercar has a power-to-weight ratio of 668 horses per tonne.
The Senna is underpinned by a carbon fibre Monocage III chassis that is a further development of the 720S’s platform. It’s apparently the strongest monocoque built by McLaren for a road-legal vehicle. The British carmaker says the Senna’s race-derived suspension will deliver unprecedented levels of control and dynamic balance while the electro-hydraulic steering will offer drivers the “purest feedback.”
“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,” says Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive.
McLaren has made sure the Senna’s looks justify its performance. More aggressive in appearance than any other car in the brand’s line-up, the Senna gets a front splitter, aero blades, and a single piece carbon fibre double diffuser at the rear that sits 1,219mm from the road when the car is stationary. It also features McLaren F1-inspired dihedral doors that hinge forwards and upwards.
The cockpit is fittingly stripped-back, with lots of carbon fibre and Alcantara used. Controls and knobs have been kept to the minimum while a folding Driver Display and central infotainment screen add a touch of modernity to the cabin.
Priced at £750,000 including taxes in the UK, the Senna will be limited to 500 units, all hand-assembled at the McLaren Production Centre in Woking from Q3 2018.