This is the McLaren Senna, the most extreme and menacing looking road car ever built by McLaren. This car was built and named after the late Ayrton Senna, uncle of Bruno Senna the brand ambassador of McLaren, and one of the best F1 race car driver the world has ever known.
McLaren’s main aim with this car was to give the drivers a raw and extreme driving experience. Unsurprisingly, its power echoes on the strongly focused performance of the McLaren P1, however where the P1 was built to give the ultimate road and track driving experience, the Senna is purely track focused.
The lightweight materials used in its construction including an all carbon fibre chassis and carbon fibre body panel, makes it the lightest car McLaren has built since the Iconic McLaren F1. It has a 4.0-litre twin turbocharged V8 which is McLaren’s most powerful road car engine till date produces 789hp and 590lbft of torque. But as McLaren is known of their modest nature I can bet the Senna is going to give out numbers much more impressive than those.
McLaren claims that their pioneering front and rear active aerodynamics will generate insane levels of down force and that it will work together with its Race-active Chassis control hydraulic suspension to give an intense driving experience on a circuit.
The McLaren Senna is the company’s ultimate offspring of the design motto “FORM FOLLOWS FUNCTION”. The first impression of this car is that it is aggressive and unforgiving machine and a design language that is purposely fragmented in pursuit of complete performance. From the front end of the car to the rear diffuser you cannot follow a single line on the car without it passing through a functioning air vent or intake to either cool the engine or send air up into its wing to provide maximum downforce.
The active aerodynamics creates, maintains and controls the aerodynamic performance of the McLaren Senna to ensure that the driver has the confidence to explore its limits.
The glass on the door also provides the driver a rather unique driving experience as he can look at the road as he drives.
The McLaren Senna differs from all other McLaren cars ever built in the sense that the others were built for the road with keeping their track prowess in mind. In other words they were road cars for the track. The Senna however is built as a race car for the road. Its carbon fibre chassis is the strongest ever built by McLaren for a road-legal vehicle. The car’s ‘Race Mode’ causes the suspension to drop the car and stiffen up providing a lower ride height and a lower centre of gravity.
Its Carbon Ceramic Brakes are the most advanced braking system ever fitted by McLaren to a road-legal car. It runs on Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tyres that come stock from the factory.
Will the McLaren Senna be faster than the McLaren P1? Personally I would hate it if the McLaren Senna beat the P1 in a race seeing as it is easily one of my most favorite cars. But as the saying goes, “Every hero dies, but a legacy is left behind.” The McLaren Senna has all the potential it will ever need to be a legacy in the automotive industry.
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