At long last, we finally get to see the McLaren Senna attack the track.
The upcoming Senna promises to be the most extreme and track-focused McLaren road car yet, but we’ve yet to see it do what it was principally designed for: set blistering lap times on a race track. And let’s face it, the new Ultimate Series hypercar is far from the prettiest McLaren ever made, so seeing static photos of it really doesn’t do it justice. Thankfully, a new video uploaded by McLaren finally shows the Senna in all its savagery in the hands of a professional race driver.
But not just any professional racer: McLaren handed the keys over to FIA World Endurance Championship driver Bruno Senna, one of Ayrton Senna’s nephews, who took the hypercar for a spin around a race track. "I waited a really long time for a road car to perform like a race car, and this is it, this is the real deal," Senna explained.
"It's literally the most brutal, fastest road car I've ever driven. I couldn't believe it." From his comments, it sounds like the McLaren Senna is a true race car for the road. It may not be pretty to look at, but the Senna’s aerodynamic design makes it supremely track-focused. McLaren even claims it can lap any track faster than the track-only P1 GTR. Incredibly, the active rear wing and front splitter generate 1,764 pounds of downforce. Dry weight is just 2,641 pounds, while under the hood you’ll find a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 that produces 789 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. This enables the hypercar to hit 0-62 mph in 2.8 seconds, achieve a 211-mph top speed, and do the quarter mile in a blistering 9.9 seconds.
Only 500 McLaren Sennas are being produced, each costing $1 million. Unfortunately, if you want one you’re out of luck, because it’s completely sold out. Bruno Senna’s seal of approval should now convince you the McLaren Senna will be the British automaker’s most hardcore hypercar yet.