The rare hypercar may have just got that bit rarer.
The McLaren Senna was designed from the ground up to be one of the most accomplished road-legal track cars around. Aside from the impressive 800 horsepower output from its twin-turbo 4.0-liter flat-plane crank V8, the real magic is to be found in the active aerodynamics and advanced active chassis.
Add in the most powerful brakes ever fitted to a road car and a lightning-quick seven-speed transmission using Formula 1 technology and you soon start to realize why these cars cost a cool $1 million before customer options. It is unlikely that all of this bleeding-edge tech painstakingly integrated into the Senna by the McLaren engineers was going through the mind of its new owner as he slid his dark blue example into a wall hours after taking delivery last Saturday.
The driver was a 43-year-old businessman from Grünwald, a suburb in Munich Germany. He had apparently collected the Ultimate Series McLaren Senna from the dealership earlier that day and had done less than 60 miles in it when he lost control and hit a wall down a narrow suburban road.
Judging from the image posted on Instagram by a bystander, the Senna looks to have suffered some minor damage to its front and two airbags had deployed. According to Motor1, authorities estimate the cost of the damage to be 850,000 euros ($969,000) - that's nearly how much the Senna would have cost when it was fresh out of the factory.
We have already seen a few second-hand delivery-mileage Senna’s offered for silly money and with a mere 500 units built, even this accident-damaged example is quite likely to still fetch more than its initial listing price.
While it is easy to call the driver irresponsible or careless, the light damage suggests that he was not racing on public roads and even the best drivers need a bit of acclimatisation when getting to grips with an 800 hp hypercar. Either way, it is probably best done on the confines of a race track.