McLaren Automotive, the British supercar maker has revealed a limited-run production car, the Senna. The car boasts some impressive performance figures and it should, having received the name after the legendary three-time F1 world champion.
The car has been developed with the help of Bruno Senna, Ayrton’s nephew and the car firm has worked close with the Senna foundation in order to be able to use the name.
Based on the 720S, the Senna weighs 1198 kg(dry) and has completely reworked powertrain and chassis apart from body parts.
The 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8 has been fettled by the firm boffins to produce 789bhp and near enough 800Nm of torque. That is respectively 79bhp and 64Nm more than the 720S. The 7-speed dual clutch transmission has also been worked upon to take the load such power figures produce.
But the real party piece is with the aero. The front wings for example weighs just 600 grams instead of 2kg like in the 720S. The whole body has been made from carbon fibre to give that LMP race car feel.
The massive gaps at the front help cool the radiators and the resulting hot air is passed over the windscreen for better effect. There are now two air intakes along the flanks to feed air into the engine and under the car through louvres, over or under the engine bay and to the rear diffuser.
Then there is the rear wing which in its highest position sits 1.2m above the ground. It constantly moves as well, acting as an air-brake when needed. One more thing, you can see through the doors of the car to the other side and the opening button is on the roof for those dihedral doors.
The car is build around McLaren’s MonoCell ll and also receives the newest iteration of Race Active Chassis Control ll (RCC ll) system.
The car runs on specific Pierelli Trofeo Rs and in the newly introduced Race mode, the car will sit 50mm lower than in the standard settings. And yes, the brakes are to have a special mention as well. They are a new version of carbon ceramics that have their peak working temperature reduced by about 150 degrees than ‘regular’ carbon ceramics. They take seven months to be made as opposed to one month for the regular ones.
All of the 500 cars to be built are sold out and hopefully will not be confined to garages.