As a result of the Carbon fibre Monocage III chassis and carbon fibre body panels, the Senna is the lightest road car McLaren has built since the iconic F1 in the 1990’s. The Senna has a power-to-weight ratio of 658 hp per ton. Production will be limited to 500 units, all hand-assembled at the McLaren Production Centre in England in a 300-hour process. All 500 cars have already been spoken for.
True to the legendary abilities of the racing driver whose name it bears, the Senna has been designed, engineered and developed to be the ultimate road-legal McLaren track car. With 789 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque from its 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V8, this is McLaren’s most powerful-ever internal combustion engine in a road car. The McLaren Senna delivers the purest possible connection between driver and car.
“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,” said Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive. “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.”
“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,” explained Rob Melville, Design Director, McLaren Automotive. ” 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 priced at £750,000 including taxes in the UK, the equivalent of $1.3 million Canadian. The only Senna not sold to an individual buyer was auctioned in December 2017 at a private event for McLaren customers. The winning bid was £2 million or $3.5 million Canadian, with the proceeds going to the Ayrton Senna Institute, a non-profit organisation dedicated to providing education for nearly two million unprivileged children and youngsters in Brazil.