McLaren Senna revealed: “McLaren’s DNA at its most extreme”

Posted on 11 Dec 2017 by Jonny Williamson

McLaren Automotive has revealed its new track-focused road car, the McLaren Senna – which has been described as "legalised for road use, but not sanitised to suit it".

Reportedly, the McLaren Senna is the most track-focused road car McLaren Automotive has produced to date.

Inspired by one of its greatest racing drivers, Ayrton Senna – who delivered three World Drivers’ Championships after he joined McLaren in 1988, the vehicle continues the product family introduced with the McLaren P1.

While the McLaren P1 was designed to deliver optimum performance on road and track, the McLaren has been developed with “track prowess” taking precedence.

The McLaren Senna will be hand-assembled in Woking at the McLaren Production Centre, with production limited to 500 vehicles. Each one has already been assigned to a customer.

Performance & design

The McLaren Senna has been designed and developed to be “the ultimate McLaren track-concentrated car for the road”.

The 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.

Ultra-lightweight construction, with a carbon fibre chassis and carbon fibre body panels, result in the lightest vehicle built since the iconic McLaren F1.

The 4.0-litre twin- turbocharged V8 is also the most powerful road car engine to date, producing 800PS (789bhp) and 800Nm (590lbft), generating a power-to-weight ratio of 688PS-per-tonne.

The carbon fibre MonoCage III chassis is the strongest monocoque ever built by McLaren for a road-legal vehicle. The track-focused Race mode introduces a lower ride height, a lower centre of gravity and significantly stiffer suspension.

The carbon ceramic braking system has been described as the most advanced ever fitted to a McLaren road car. Tyre choice is equally focused, with bespoke Pirelli P ZeroTM Trofeo R tyres developed in conjunction with McLaren technical partner Pirelli. Only one style of wheel is available: an ultra-lightweight alloy wheel with a race-inspired centre lock system.

Award winning

On November 16, The elite of the UK manufacturing community gathered last night to celebrate The Manufacturer MX Awards 2017.

The announcement of the successful finalists culminated in the reveal of the winners of the prestigious Manufacturer of the Year Award 2017, which was picked up by McLaren Automotive.

McLaren Automotive also picked up two other categories at The Manufacturer MX Awards 2017 – Innovation & Design, and Smart Factory.

Read the full list of The Manufacturer MX Award 2017 winners here.