The "race" was staged to promote the release of Forza Horizon 4.
Being limited to 499 examples, very few of us will experience the privilege of driving the mighty McLaren Senna. Next week, however, Xbox One owners will be able to take McLaren’s new Ultimate Series hypercar for a virtual spin around the English countryside in the open world racing game Forza Horizon 4.
To celebrate the game’s imminent release, Microsoft staged a race at the Goodwood Hillclimb pitting the McLaren Senna against three motocross bikes.
While the Senna had to stick to the track, the motocross riders were given free reign to carve their own path to the finish line atop the hill. We won’t spoil the result, but the “race” was obviously staged so that the motocross riders could pull off some stunts for the camera. It’s still fun to watch though and mimics the game’s spectacular Showcase events where you race against vehicles such as bikes, planes, and hovercrafts.
This isn’t the first time McLaren has prominently featured in the Forza franchise. As part of a partnership between Microsoft and McLaren, the McLaren P1 debuted on stage at E3 2013 and was the cover star of Forza Motorsport 5. Five years later, history has repeated itself as the McLaren Senna is Forza Horizon 4’s cover car.
Billed as the most extreme road car McLaren has ever built, the Senna is designed as a track-focused car for the road. Under the hood is a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 that produces 789 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. Weighing only 2,641 lbs, the Senna will sprint from 0-62 mph in just 2.8 seconds and top out at 211 mph. According to McLaren, over 50 customers have taken delivery of their McLaren Senna.
If you’re itching to drive the Senna in Forza Horizon 4, a playable demo of the game is currently available to download on Xbox One and PC. The full game features over 450 cars and will be released on October 2. Alternatively, you can gain early access with the Forza Horizon 4 Ultimate Edition, which releases on September 28.