We all knew McLaren was cooking something special but never managed to get any bits about it as the automaker had kept the project, codenamed P15 very secret. Lastly, the automaker has unveiled the model and it is quite much more than we expected. McLaren seems to have followed in the footsteps of other hypercar makers like Ferrari and Lamborghini by customizing its motorsport DNA for regular road use but still ensuring the model is designed to excel at racetracks. According to the automaker, the new car was designed without any compromises on performance and is customized to ensure ideal interaction between the driver and the car. The new hypercar is named after the legendary McLaren driver, Ayrton Senna who won all 3 Formula 1 drivers’ competitions that he participated in. The 2019 McLaren Senna is the second lightest street-legal car ever to be built by McLaren after the iconic F1. The 2019 McLaren Senna is based on a carbon fiber Monocage III platform. All body panels of the Senna are made from carbon fiber which has helped make the model very light.
2019 McLaren Senna Exterior and Interior styling
As said in the introduction, the Senna’s chassis, as well as all body panels, are made of carbon fiber. The Monocage III structure is actually an evolution of the platform that underpins the McLaren 720S. The Senna features advanced aerodynamics; the entire body of the Senna is built to optimize down-force as well as enhance the aerodynamic balance of the vehicle. The rear is equipped with a huge double diffuser that seriously keeps the Senna planted to the ground. The hypercar also has an adjustable carbon fiber wing that adjusts continuously to optimize aerodynamics; the wing also acts as an airbrake when the Senna experiences an extreme braking load.
The exterior is very aggressive but the cabin is “barebones”; the interior does not look like that of a streetcar of this stature.
Like the exterior, all cabin panels are made of carbon fiber. Driver controls are minimal and almost all controls are done via the MFDD and the infotainment screen. The cabin can, however, accommodate a single passenger but has no space for cargo. Both seats are carbon-fiber sport bucket seats. The space behind the seats is only enough for race suits and helmets. The cabin looks quite Spartan for a street-legal car; were it fully track-oriented, the cabin would just be perfect but I think McLaren needed to make the cabin more exciting for the Senna, it is street-legal.
McLaren has also hooked up the hypercar with a RaceActive Chassis Control II suspension system. The system works in sync with other active aero elements to ensure the model is steady even at fast speeds. The system feature doubles wishbones including hydraulic dampers; this eliminated the need to include mechanical anti-roll bars. The braking system is also as wild as everything else about this beast but full specs are not yet out except for the automaker’s claim that the system is the most advanced ever in a McLaren car and that it will include carbon ceramic discs.
The model rides on ultra-weight alloy wheels draped in Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R rubber.
Engine and performance
Powering the McLaren is a twin-turbocharged 4.0 L, V-8 good for 789 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. You might be quick to point out that the P1 is more powerful with 903 hp. However, considering the Senna weighs much less (400lbs) due to its all-carbon fiber tub as well as other lightweight materials which all reduce its curb weight to 2,641 lbs, it will have faster sprints. Actual performance figures are yet to be released but expect around 2.0 seconds for 0-60 mph sprints and a top speed of over 200 mph. The engine uses a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox with a seamless-shift technology. The steering wheel is hooked up with paddles to help the driver when the engine is switched to manual mode (automatic mode is standard).
Price and release date
The Senna is just one aggressive “babe” on wheels; however, as much as you would like to have one, even if you can afford it, it won’t be possible as McLaren said that all 500 samples have been assigned to owners. By the way, the 2019 Mc Laren Senna has an MSRP of £837,000 before taxes. For the rest of us, we will have to enjoy the model from afar. The supercar will be displayed at the Geneva Motor Show this year in March.