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Posted 13 December 2017 - 11:58 PM

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McLaren built a $1 million hypercar that it says is unlike any other vehicle in the world

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  • The McLaren Senna hypercar debuted on Saturday.
  • It’s named after legendary Formula One racer Ayrton Senna.
  • McLaren will on build only 500 Sennas with a price tag of $1 million each.
  • The Senna is powered by a 789 horsepower twin-turbo V8.

Ayrton Senna is arguably the greatest driver in Formula One history and one who made an indelible mark on McLaren. The Brazilian spent six of his 11 seasons in F1 with McLaren during which time he delivered 35 race victories and three world championships.

On Saturday, McLaren unveiled a new $1 million (£750,000) hypercar called the Senna in a ceremony at the company’s headquarters outside of London.

The McLaren Senna will be just the second member of the company’s Ultimate Series, which has remained without a production model since the P1 hybrid hypercar ended its run in 2015.

“The McLaren Senna is a car like no other: the personification of McLaren’s motorsport DNA, legalized or road use but designed and developed from the outset to excel on a circuit,” McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt said in a statement. “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.”

According to McLaren, the Senna is built to be the ultimate track-focused road car. Thus, everything about the Senna is about putting up insane lap times on the track while offering a comfortable commute on the road. That also means function over form when it comes to aesthetics.

The Senna is powered by a 789 horsepower version of the McLaren’s 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged, M840TR V8 engine. It’s development of the M840T engine that debuted earlier this year in the 720S supercar.

McLaren has yet to announce any performance figures associated with the Senna. But, I wouldn’t be shocked to see a 0-60 mph time quicker than 2.8 seconds and a top speed north of 212 mph.

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With that said, the Senna’s party piece won’t be its straight-line speed. Instead, the car’s forte will be its ability to meld that speed with mechanical and aerodynamic grip to deliver mind-blowing lap times.

The new hypercar built on McLaren’s new Monocage III carbon fiber structure. At just 2,641 pounds, the Senna is the lightest McLaren since the company’s ground-breaking 240 mph F1 hypercar of the 90s.

The McLaren Senna will make its official world debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March. Unfortunately, all 500 Sennas are already spoken for.

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Posted 14 December 2017 - 01:24 AM

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Posted 14 December 2017 - 10:00 AM

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I wonder why they name it after a dead F1 driver. Imagine the jokes ppl make with Senna's quotes.

 

But I like what Niki Lauda said.

 

Senna was the greatest driver ever and when someone like him is killed you have to ask yourself what is the point of it all.

Niki Lauda, May 1 1994

 

 

You don't see Honda calling their previous gen NSX using his name. At least Senna has driven the NSX and gave his opinion.


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Posted 06 March 2018 - 08:35 PM

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The Senna GTR is the fastest McLaren outside of F1

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We’ve not yet fully digested the bonkers stats of the McLaren Senna. Yet here to scramble our brains further is a bonkers, track-only version. Meet the McLaren Senna GTR.

“The track-only McLaren Senna GTR will have more power, more grip and more downforce – up to 1,000kg – than the McLaren Senna and post even faster lap times,” says McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt. “The very limited number of customers who secure this car will be buying the closest experience you can get to a race car without actually lining up on a circuit grid.”

How much more power? It appears McLaren hasn’t actually decided yet. It’ll get the same 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 as the road-legal Senna (itself still a very track-focused car, mind). As standard, it produces 789bhp, or 800PS. McLaren tells us to expect “at least 825PS” from the GTR. Which rather makes us expect it’ll make even more.

 

We’re told the Senna GTR will weigh about the same as the 1,198kg Senna, though. Big spec changes over standard include revised suspension, slick Pirelli tyres and a ‘race-style’ transmission. The standard gearbox is hardly a slushy CVT, so expect gearchanges in the GTR to be borderline violent. The standard Senna is described as ‘legalised for road use, but not sanitised to suit it’. The GTR hardly had a run-of-the-mill motorcar as its starting point.

 

Which brings us to the looks. They’ve been the most controversial element of the Senna, the wild commitment to aerodynamics perhaps damaging its aesthetics. The GTR naturally takes this approach to the nth degree, though we’d argue it’s a better-looking car as a result. By really committing to circuit performance, it looks like a very marginally sanitised racecar. McLaren’s even left the numbers on this one.

The end result? We’re promised the fastest ever McLaren lap times outside of Formula 1. Crueller commenters might suggest, after recent years, that’s not too difficult. But be under no illusion this thing is going to be berserk if you get the chance to uncork it on a quick circuit. Though not necessarily scary; the McLaren P1 GTR was a surprisingly friendly thing to drive, and we suspect the same could be true here.

All 500 road-legal Sennas very quickly sold out; we imagine McLaren will have no problem selling the ‘up to 75’ Senna GTRs it’s going to sell at £1million before taxes. Would you? Does the GTR suddenly make sense of the Senna’s looks and focus?

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Posted 11 March 2018 - 02:11 PM

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McLaren F1 successor coming...

 

McLaren BP23 hyper-GT top speed 'will exceed 243mph'

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