The Senna just attacked the Hockenheim GP track.
McLaren is working hard to master the laws of physics, and the result for the Senna is a car worthy of being named after the master of F1 racing. The McLaren Senna uses the British automaker's dedication to lightness alongside a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine. Helping it lay down the power and stay focused though the corners is McLaren's next-generation active chassis, which is based around a carbon-fiber tub and carbon-fiber bodywork. Despite the big V8, the Senna weighs just 2,641 lbs dry. It has also just gone into full attack mode on the Hockenheim GP race circuit in Germany.
In an unofficial run from SportAuto's Christian Gebhardt, the Senna dropped a spectacular production car lap time of 1:40.79. That makes it the 41st fastest car around the hallowed grounds, but everything above it is a full race car. For some perspective, the next fastest car, according to Fastest Laps, is a Sauber C35 F1 car. The car ranked below it is the former fastest production car around the track, the Ferrari 488 Pista, and the McLaren Senna logs in a full five seconds faster. On a 2.842-mile track, five seconds is a monster of a time gap and will be a tough nut to crack for the all-new Ferrari SF90 Stradale hypercar.
The Senna has also set production vehicle lap records at Laguna Seca and Virginia International Raceway.
Just behind the 488 Pista in the current standings is the Porsche 911 GT3 RS, and Christian Gebhardt drove all three of the fastest production cars. Behind that is a modified Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 driven by Heinz Müller and, when we get a C8 Corvette ZR1, it will be interesting to see how that performs around a Grand Prix track as well as the Nurburgring.
The Ferrari SF90 Stradale is coming soon and promises to be faster than the 488 Pista. But even with a hybrid drive system as well as being Ferrari's first all-wheel-drive supercar, it will likely boil down to a contest in aerodynamics when it comes to production car records.