McLaren Senna sells for £2.4 MILLION at Charity Auction in London

  • McLaren Senna sells for £2.4 MILLION at Charity Auction in London

McLaren Senna sells for £2.4 MILLION at Charity Auction in London

"Every element of this new Ultimate Series McLaren has an uncompromised performance focus, honed to ensure the purest possible connection between driver and machine and deliver the ultimate track driving experience in the way that only a McLaren can". "There is an absolute, seamless connection between vehicle and driver, and this pure engagement, these sensory cues that a driver responds to and relies upon, ensure an experience so focused and immersive that you are left in awe of the depths of excellence the McLaren Senna possesses". McLaren ditched its usual alphanumeric naming scheme and simply called this vehicle Senna, which you should know as the last name of McLaren-Honda F1 ace Ayrton Senna.

From the huge wing on the back to active front splitter, wheel arches which look like nothing else and aerodynamic functions abounding, the Senna makes no bones about its intentions or goal.

A 789bhp twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 sits amid a carbon fibre chassis, created to deliver performance that's comparable to the McLaren hybrid electric P1 hypercar only without the electric motors.

This is going to be one seriously quick McLaren, although the company has not provided any performance figures as yet.

"This is the first project that really connects with Ayrton's racing spirit and performance", said Senna. It still has an aluminium front subframe to carry the car's front suspension and deformable crash structure, but the rear bulkhead is now formed mostly in carbonfibre, a measure that saves an impressive 18kg.

Ayrton Senna
Ayrton Senna with former Mc Laren boss Ron Dennis. REUTERS Stringer

The engine sits in the new, lowered position of the 720S, but a redesign of its plenum chamber allows a lowering of the rear deck by another 18mm and saves more weight. Other interesting design cues include the neat glass panels in the doors, and headlights that look extremely similar to those on the 720S.

Active aerodynamic addenda dominate the Senna and McLaren engineers claim "groundbreaking" downforce and stability for their carefully coordinated package.

The auto will of course be limited production, and be extremely fast. For a while, McLaren even considered leaving out the passenger's seat as a weight-saving measure but decided many owners would prefer to drive to the track with a passenger. Instead it uses an interconnected hydraulic system that features technology found on the P1 hypercar, such as a kinetic roll system for variable suspension stiffness and adjustable ride height technology.

It's the "ultimate" road-legal track vehicle.