The McLaren Senna has been designed, engineered and developed with single-minded purpose: to be the ultimate McLaren track-concentrated car for the road. And the makers say it will “deliver the most intense circuit experience of any road McLaren.”
The 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 is the most powerful McLaren road car internal combustion engine ever, and unlike the P1, the Senna is not a hybrid — so there’s no electric assistance for all that power this time. It puts out a hefty 789 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, all of which is sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission.
The carbon fiber Monocage III chassis that forms the core of the McLaren Senna is the strongest monocoque ever built by McLaren for a road-legal vehicle. Each body panel is made from carbon fiber, in line with a relentless focus on the weight of every individual component that has resulted in the McLaren Senna being the lightest road-legal McLaren since the iconic F1 road car, at just 1,198kg.
Visually it’s striking (did you see there are windows cut into the door panels?!) but it’s also technically brilliant. With downforce and aerodynamic balance the guiding principles, this car is the purest expression yet of the ‘form follows function’ design philosophy embraced by McLaren.
Viewed from above, the body is nature’s most efficient shape – a teardrop – with body components ‘clipped’ onto the cabin to deliver optimal aerodynamic performance. You cannot follow a single line from the front to the rear without it passing through a functional air intake or vent.
The McLaren Senna introduces a new generation of ground-breaking front and rear active aerodynamics, raising downforce and aero control to an unprecedented level to ensure the performance potential can be fully exploited.
Inside, there’s not much more than what you need, but this isn’t a family car, it’s one for driving at speed and everything has been geared towards that performance.
The car from the British manufacturer is priced at “£750,000 including taxes (UK)” – about a million dollars – but with all 500 cars already “allocated” unless you’re one of those early 500 you’re probably only going to be able to get one on the resale market.