Category Archives: McLaren

McLaren Unveils Insanely Bonkers Senna Hypercar, Brings 738 Horsepower To The Track

McLaren has been on a roller coaster ride of success over the past several years with entries like the 570S and the 720S redefining its core identity.  The British supercar maker continues to be a solid alternative to traditional stalwarts Lamborghini and Ferrari, and drive to stand out amongst buyers has driven McLaren to create their wildest, and most track focused road car yet, the limited production Senna.

Named after famed Brazilian Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna da SIlva, the exterior styling embraces a unique blend of form and function. Looks are subjective, but there’s no question that the Senna’s design has a distinctive character, and it all comes as a result of attempts to make the body as sleek and aerodynamically efficient as possible. Case in point is the double rear diffuser that leads out to the underfloor scoop, and is also partnered with a large rear wing that comes equipped with active aero technology. McLaren is quick to point out that the Senna spent countless hours in the wind tunnel to further refine its svelte bodywork, which embodies the high dedication that McLaren engineers had when it came to creating the ultimate track weapon.

A curious addition is the see through glass panels that are sandwiched into the doors. McLaren claims that the glass is lightweight, but it does take away some of the privacy that is afforded by conventional panels. Lastly, like other odd vehicle features that are offered in Europe, look for these panels to not make the transition to U.S. spec cars due to our country’s stricter safety regulations.

The interior of the car adopts a very minimalist design, but it still manages to cram features such as a rear view backup camera, infotainment system, as well as McLaren’s foldable drivers display. The cabin is also bathed in carbon fiber, and the lightweight carbon fiber seats help enhance the overall ambiance, while also doing their part to shed weight at the same time. Speaking of the fore-mentioned seats, each car will have a distinctively different set of thrones, with McLaren designers custom tailoring the seats  to fit the unique dimensions of their lucky owners.

Power for the Senna comes from the same 4.0 liter biturbo V8 that also sees duty in the 720S. However, in the Senna this engine has been tweaked to unleash 79 more horsepower, bringing the grand total to 789 horsepower, as well as a slightly higher 590 lb-ft of torque. While this might not seem like much of an increase at first glance, it all comes together when you consider that the Senna is much lighter than the 720S with the car weighing in at just 2,641 lbs. McLaren chose to not release formal performance figures for its newest offering, but expect the Senna to be a an absolute missile out on the track. McLaren claims that “savage performance” will be on hand, and these claims have even more traction considering that Senna’s nephew Bruno Senna was directly involved in the car’s development phase.

Production is expected to commence in the third quarter of 2018 after the Senna makes its official public debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. A three seat model dubbed the “BP23” will follow in 2019, and it will serve as the successor to the original F1 supercar. Like the Senna, it will be a part of the Ultimate series, and production is expected to be even more exclusive, with McLaren potentially producing a mere 106 copies, with each one (like the Senna) allegedly already spoken for by potential buyers.

McLaren Builds 5,000th Mono-Cell Chassis

McLaren is celebrating a new production milestone in its current “Super Series” model family with the British firm building its 5,000th Mono-Cell chassis.

The family of vehicles based off of this special carbon fiber chassis first began with the 12C back in 2011 with the 12C Spider joining the ranks shortly after. The chassis was tweaked for the 12C’s first major update when it transformed into the 650S and the Asia exclusive 625C. The 5,000th car in question was a Volcano Yellow 650S which rolled off the assembly line at the McLaren Technology Center earlier today. This special car will be on its way to a customer in Australia who is probably excited about the car’s unique place in the overall production order.

With this announcement, McLaren claims that its ‘Super Series” is now the highest volume carbon-fiber supercar range ever. This key milestone was reached after only the fourth year of overall production with last year’s sales easily surpassing 1,400 units.  “We have built a solid foundation for the business, delivering record numbers year on year and I look forward to our next production milestone with the addition of the 675LT to the Super Series, and the new Sport Series later in the year” stated McLaren Automotive chief Mike Flewitt.

Look for McLaren to build on this milestone and expand its lineup even further to achieve future milestone goals including an entry targeted at the Porsche 911, as well as spicier versions of the 650S, and the McLaren P1 hypercar in an effort to steal sales from Ferrari and Lamborghini.