21 Dec The McLaren Senna is 789 Horsepower of Pure Hypercar
Straight from a company that is known for making some pretty outrageous cars, comes yet again another barely street-legal outrageous supercar. Or perhaps hypercar is a more appropriate moniker. The McLaren Senna is the successor the McLaren P1, with a slightly different look and slightly less power – 789 horsepower from a 4.0-liter V8 as opposed to the P1’s 903 horsepower, 3.8 L twin-turbo V8. And unlike the P1, it’s a full gas engine, instead of a hybrid. It’s also lighter, (2,461 vs 3411) which we guess will more than make up for any reduction in power.
McLaren says that the Senna is the “ultimate distillation of the company’s ‘form follows function’ design mantra,” and calls it an “aggressive, unforgiving machine, with organic shapes having given way to a design language that is purposely fragmented in pursuit of absolute performance.” But they promise that it will have the fastest lap times of any McLaren to date. It’s street-legal, they admit, but meant more as a race car; it’s designed for the track, where it will feel most at home. The Monocage III Chassis is made from carbon fiber, and is paired with a RaceActive Chassis Control II (RCC II) hydraulic suspension. The ride height and thus center of gravity can be lowered with Race Mode, which also stiffens the suspension, while the brakes are carbon ceramic. Bespoke Pirelli P ZeroTM Trofeo R tyres have been designed for the special, ultra-lightweight alloy wheel with centre lock system. Every inch of the design is tailored to give it maximum downforce and balance, so that it stays firmly planted on the ground when reaching top speeds.
And speaking of top speeds, McLaren hasn’t announced any yet. In fact, there is quite a bit they haven’t released yet. But we do know that the McLaren Senna looks to be a hypercar in every sense of the word, and won’t come cheap. Only 500 will be produced. Start saving.