McLaren has today revealed further details of the recently unveiled Senna hypercar, ahead of its public debut at the upcoming Geneva motor show.
Now sitting at the top of the company’s Ultimate Series as a successor to the famous P1, the limited-edition Senna has been designed, engineered and developed to be the “ultimate road-legal McLaren track car”.
With 789 bhp and 590 lb-ft of torque from its 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 – McLaren’s most powerful-ever petrol engine in a road car – and the ability to generate 800 kg of downforce, the 1,198 kg Senna is claimed to cover 0–62 mph in 2.8 seconds, 0–124 mph in just 6.8 seconds, and a standing quarter-mile (402 metres) in 9.9 seconds – all before hitting a top speed of 211 mph.
The car’s styling – if it can be called that – has been heavily determined by aerodynamics, undoubtedly representing the strongest expression yet of McLaren’s ‘form follows function’ philosophy.
“The design language of the McLaren Senna is extremely aggressive and different from any previous McLaren – because no other road-legal McLaren has had to fulfil such an uncompromising brief,” says McLaren design boss, Rob Melville. “When you see the car for the first time, you know instantly how single-minded and focused it is; to meet the performance targets we have had to go to an entirely different level from even the McLaren P1.”
“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,” adds the company’s CEO, Mike Flewitt.
Production of the new hypercar will be limited to just 500 units, with each being hand-assembled in a 300-hour process at the McLaren Production Centre in Woking.