2018 McLaren Senna – Hand-Assembled Limited to 500 Units Hypercar. 2018 McLaren Senna – Interior and Exterior.
– McLaren Senna will makes its public debut on March 6, 2018 at the 88th Geneva International Motor Show
– Body design, rear wing and active aero front and rear are key to generating 800kg of downforce at 250km/h (155mph)
– Acceleration from 0-200kmh (124mph) in 6.8 seconds; 0-100km/h (62mph) in 2.8 seconds; maximum speed of 340km/h (211mph)
– Carbon fibre Monocage III chassis and carbon fibre body panels integral to the McLaren Senna being the lightest road car McLaren has built since the iconic F1 at 1,198kg*, giving a power-to-weight ratio of 668PS (659bhp) per tonne
– Production limited to 500 units, all hand-assembled at the McLaren Production Centre in Woking, Surrey, England in a 300-hour process – and all already allocated
Ayrton Senna, three-times Formula 1 World Champion in a McLaren
Eagerly awaited technical information and new images of the McLaren Senna are today released ahead of the car’s public debut on Tuesday March 6, at the 88th Geneva International Motor Show.
True to the legendary abilities of the racing driver whose name it bears, the McLaren Senna has been designed, engineered and developed to be the ultimate road-legal McLaren track car. With 800PS (789bhp) and 800Nm (590b ft) from its 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 – McLaren’ s most powerful-ever internal combustion engine in a road car – and the ability to generate a staggering 800kg of downforce, the 1,198kg* McLaren Senna delivers the purest possible connection between driver and car.
Performance is breathtaking. The McLaren Senna can cover 0–100km/h (62mph) in 2.8 seconds; 0-200km/h (124 mph) is achieved in just 6.8 seconds and a standing quarter-mile (402m) in only 9.9 seconds. Impressive though the straight-line acceleration and maximum speed of 340km/h (211 mph) are, the true depth of the performance credentials of the new Ultimate Series McLaren will be revealed when it calls on downforce of up to 800kg on a circuit, against the stop-watch.
The McLaren Senna combines low vehicle weight, extreme power, aerodynamic excellence and a revolutionary, active suspension system to deliver the most responsive and engaging road car experience to date from the British luxury sportscar and supercar maker.
The McLaren Senna is priced at £750,000 including taxes (UK). Just 500 will be built, each hand-assembled in a 300-hour process at the McLaren Production Centre in Woking, Surrey, England. All are assigned to buyers, the one remaining build allocation having been auctioned in December 2017 at a private event for McLaren customers. The winning bid was £2 million, with the proceeds going to the Ayrton Senna Institute, a non-profit organisation dedicated to providing education for nearly two million unprivileged children and youngsters in Brazil.
The twin-turbocharged V8 engine, which is coded M840TR, features a flat-plane crankshaft, race-inspired dry sump lubrication and lightweight connecting rods and pistons that reduce mass in the powertrain. Ultra-low inertia twin-scroll turbochargers and electronically-controlled wastegates give an immediate sense of retardation, enhancing engine responsiveness. Lightweight camshafts and pistons unique to the McLaren Senna and externally repositioned dump valves are among other Senna-specific components. Additionally, ion sensing with individual sensors per cylinder enables higher pressures and temperatures than on other McLaren engines.
Extensive dyno work has perfected control strategies that deliver the power and torque the McLaren Senna demands. The engine produces 700Nm (516lb ft) from just 3,000rpm, with peak torque of 800Nm (590lb ft) available from 5,500-6,700rpm. 800PS (789bhp) peak power comes at 7,250rpm.
The unique Inconel and titanium exhaust is another key element of the high-performance powertrain. Tightly packaged and engineered to reduce weight, the exhaust uses either a twin-exit or triple-exit active system depending on market requirements. The sound from the exhaust is loud and sharp, singing like a motorcycle race engine in its ferocity and quite different to other McLarens. The intense crescendo encourages the driver to use high rpms, the volume increasing with 10dB for every 2,000rpm, climbing right through to the engine’s rev limit.
A dual-clutch, seamless-shift, seven-speed gearbox delivers power to the rear wheels. The default transmission mode is fully automatic, but a McLaren Senna driver can select full manual control of gear shifts via the Active Dynamics Panel located within the centrally-mounted screen and change gear using elongated, carbon fibre paddles mounted on a rocker behind the steering wheel. The paddles are optimised to be used both with or without racing gloves.