McLaren Automotive has launched the McLaren Senna, which the company says is “the most track-focused road car we have ever built, and it will set the fastest lap times of any McLaren to date.”
Inspired by one of McLaren’s greatest racing drivers, the late Ayrton Senna, the McLaren Senna “deliberately compromises McLaren’s trademark breadth of supercar daily usability,” according to the release accompanying the car’s launch. “Instead it provides the purest connection between driver and car. The pioneering front and rear active aerodynamics generate unprecedented levels of downforce and work in harmony with the RaceActive Chassis Control II (RCC II) hydraulic suspension and the ultra-rigid MonoCage III monocoque to deliver an incredibly intensive experience on a circuit.”
Ultra-lightweight construction, with a carbon fiber chassis and carbon fiber body panels, make this model the lightest vehicle the company has built since the iconic McLaren F1. The 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 is McLaren’s most powerful road car engine to date, producing 789hp and 590lb ft.
The McLaren Senna is part of the McLaren Ultimate Series, a product family introduced with the McLaren P1 and reserved for the rarest and most extreme McLaren cars. “Yet where the McLaren P1 was designed to be the best driver’s car on road and track, the McLaren Senna is designed and developed with track prowess absolutely taking precedence,” the company says.
The McLaren Senna will be hand-assembled at the McLaren Production Centre in England. Production will be limited to 500 vehicles, and each McLaren Senna has already been assigned to a customer.