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McLaren Senna
McLaren
aka P15 (code name)
Production 2018-Present
Class Hypercar
Body Style 2-door coupe
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Weight 1,198 kg (2,641 lb)
Transmission 7-speed dual-clutch
Engine 4.0 L M840TR twin-turbo V8
Power 789 hp (588 kW; 800 PS)
Similar McLaren 720S

McLaren Senna GTR

Designer Robert Melville

The McLaren Senna is a limited-production mid-engined sports carmanufactured by McLaren. The car is the newest iteration in the McLaren Ultimate Series, joining the F1 and the P1, however it is not the direct successor to both cars. It was revealed in the teaser video by the company on December 10, 2017. The car is intended to launch at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.  All cars are hand-built at the McLaren Production Centre in Woking, Surrey, Englandwith just 500 units to be made, all of them already sold.

Hence the name, the car gives tribute to former F1 driver Ayrton Senna, for his accomplishments with the company's F1 team back in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Tribute to Ayrton Senna Edit

Our family is extremely proud of the naming of the new Ultimate Series McLaren Senna. This is the first project that really connects with Ayrton's racing spirit and performance. The McLaren Senna honours my uncle because it is so utterly dedicated to delivering a circuit experience that allows a driver to be the best they can possibly be.

The car is named after Brazilian former racing driver Ayrton Senna, honouring and giving tribute to his success with the McLaren Formula One team back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, with all three of his season victories and 35 of 41 of his Grand Prix victories.

McLaren contains the rights to the Senna family name with Instituto Ayrton Senna. The organization and McLaren have made the Senna name exclusive to this sports car, prohibiting every other company from using the name.

Specifications Edit

The main focus for the McLaren Senna is quick lap times, as noted by its aerodynamic and lightweight design.

The Senna is largely based on the 720S, using modified versions of its carbon fiber monocoque and twin-turbocharged engine. The Senna is powered by a modified version of the 720S' 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 dubbed the M840TR, with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission that drives all 789 hp (588 kW; 800 PS) and 590 lb⋅ft (800 N⋅m) to the rear wheels. Unlike the previous iteration, the Senna does not use an electric motor, as the car already weighs very low, at 1,198 kg (2,641 lb), allowing for a power-to-weight ratio of 658 hp (491 kW; 667 PS) per ton.

Carbon fiber aerodynamic pieces fill the car, with a large double-element rear wing, double-element diffuser, Formula One-inspired roof scoop, front air intakes, side air intakes, rear air louvres, and large front fenders. Areas of low pressure are accompanied using high-performance radiators. The car uses dihedral doors, like the F1 and P1 before it, and also has windows applied on the lower area of its doors.

The Senna uses a brand-new generation of Brembo's carbon ceramic brakes, containing a new compound that has 3.5 times better thermal conductivity than before, making the brakes smaller and lighter, along with a new set of central-locking alloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero Trofeo R tires, and a new generation of McLaren's monocoque, named MonoCage III, all contributing to the lightness of the Senna. The interior is filled with exposed carbon fiber, with seats that can be upholstered in alcantara or leather, depending on customer preference. Behind the two seats is room large enough for two helmets and race suits, noting the car's minimalist and limited design. McLaren's hydraulic RaceActive Chassis Control II (RCC II) suspension is on with the car, along with double-wishbone control arms.

Production Edit

Every car is hand-built at the McLaren Production Centre in Woking, Surrey, England with just 500 units, with all of them already sold. The McLaren Senna is listed at the price of US$1,003,950, and UK£750,000, with the final car sold for auction at US$2,670,000. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2018.

Manufacturer claimed figures: In February 2018, McLaren released the full performance statistics of the track-oriented Senna model:[14]

  • 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph): 2.8 seconds. [15]
  • 0–200 km/h (0–124 mph): 6.8 seconds.
  • 0–300 km/h (0–186 mph): 17.5 seconds.
  • Standing 14 mile (402 m): 9.9 seconds.
  • Power-to-weight ratio: 659 hp/tonne.
  • Top speed: 211 mph (340 km/h) (redline limited).

Independent test (done by Autocar):

  • 0–97 km/h (0–60 mph) in 3.1 seconds
  • 0–161 km/h (0–100 mph) in 5.5 seconds
  • 0–193 km/h (0–120 mph) in 7.1 seconds
  • 0–290 km/h (0–180 mph) in 19.8 seconds
  • Standing 1/4 mile in 10.4 seconds.[16]

Every car will be hand-built at the McLaren Production Centre in Woking, Surrey, England with a production run of just 500 units, all of which are already sold.[4][5] The McLaren Senna is listed at the price of £750,000 (US$837,000) with the final car auctioned at a price of £1,916,793 (US$2,670,000).[5][10][17] Deliveries are scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2018.[13]

Senna GTR Edit

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McLaren Senna GTR on display at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.

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Rear quarter view of the Senna GTR at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.

At the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, McLaren unveiled the track-only iteration of the Senna dubbed the Senna GTR. The GTR utilises a dual-clutch race transmission for faster gear shifts, a revised suspension system and Pirelli racing slicks in order to make it the fastest non-Formula One vehicle McLaren has ever created for faster lap times. The Senna GTR is estimated to produce at least 825 PS (607 kW; 814 hp) from its 4.0 L twin-turbocharged V8 engine and is meant to be faster and more agile than its road-going counterpart. On the exterior, the GTR utilises wider front and rear fenders, a larger front splitter, new wheels and a bigger rear diffuser in order to make the car generate about 2,204 lb (1,000 kg) of downforce. The Senna GTR will be limited to only 75 examples and will have a cost of £1 million each.[18][19]


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