P15 Senna: here is the new McLaren Ultimate Series

The most extreme and light road ever out of Woking has 800 hp for less than 1200 Kg. Production limited to 500 pieces, for a price of about 950,000 euros

P15 Senna: here is the new McLaren Ultimate Series

McLaren revives the splendor of one of his great pilot of the past, Ayrton Senna. The car dedicated to him for the 2018 is a two-seater totally designed to go strong on the track, without compromise even though it is also approved for road use. A supercar of the pure ones, which is part of the Ultimate Series range and boasts an ultra-light car body. The frame is made of carbon fiber, the engine a bi-turbo V8 in the central rear position and obviously rear- wheel drive . The suspensions derive from the racing world and the electro-hydraulic steering points everything on precise driving, with immediate response.

The frame Monocage III, derives from the structure that equips the 720S and also every panel is in carbon fiber , putting on the scale the lightest road homologated car ever built by McLaren since the iconic F1, with only 1.98 kgdry. The declared power weight ratio is 668PS per tonne. While the McLaren P1 was designed to be the best car to drive both on the road and on track, McLaren Senna's ambition is to be the best road-tested car , able to set a new benchmark about circuit performance , which prevail in constructive philosophy.

"The McLaren Senna is a car like no other, the quintessence of the sporty DNA McLaren, built to excel on any circuit - explains the ECO Mike Flewitt - the construction of a direct connection, pure between driver and car". The indomitable spirit of Ayrton Senna is always alive in McLaren, to testify Bruno Senna, driver and McLaren Ambassador:"Our family is proud of the name given to the new Ultimate Series. This is the first project that really binds to the competitive spirit and performance of Ayrton. The McLaren Senna pays homage to my uncle because it is totally focused on the pure driving experience on the track. There is an absolute and constant connection between the car and the driver and this pure bond, these sensorial stimuli, guaranteeing an engaging experience, to be almost in awe of excellence exudes. "

Balance between downforce and aerodynamics as the main criterion, according to the McLaren design philosophy, where "form follows function". Viewed from above, the car body represents a tear. An exclusive detail, are the aerodynamic "blade" appendages placed in the front part, finished in typical colors, such as Azura Blue and McLaren Orange. The same accent colors can be chosen for other elements such as brake calipers, door pillars and seat covers.
The shell shape of the rear is designed to fulfill both the requirements of aerodynamics and cooling, with the generous fins that precede a series of slats to scale, which have the function of removing the air from the rear deck and along the sides of the car. The consequent creation of this depression draws warm air from the radiators and the engine compartment. The Inconel and titanium exhaust finishes allow the gas to exit through the rear deck further down than any McLaren road car, and the angle directs the exit past the rear wing.
The doors open upwards and move forward, they are made of carbon fiber. The three-spoke steering wheel has no button or lever, all information is transmitted via the folding screen (Folding Driver Display) and the central infotainment screen. Therefore the baggage compartment is not provided; the space for small objects is limited to an area behind the seats integrated into the Monocage III. Just enough space for two helmets two suits.
Codename M840TR, the 4.0-liter V8 bi-turbo engine delivers 800PS (789bhp) and a torque of 800Nm, it makes sense because the cabin comes alive with the sound of air entering the air intake in the roof that is combines with the carbon fiber plenum, thus producing a high-frequency sound. At the same time, the low-frequency sounds of the engine are pushed into the passenger compartment through specific engine mounts, giving the impression that the V8 is next to the pilot.

The braking system is the most advanced ever mounted in a McLaren road car, with carbon-ceramic brake discs and technology derived from the racing world. The tires are made to measure Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R. Only one rim is available in ultra-light alloy, with a central locking system derived from competitions.
The McLaren Senna will be assembled by hand at the British Production Center, only 500 copies, with cost starting from € 945,500 for the Italian market and ... all already assigned! We will see it live in March, for the 88th Geneva International Motor Show.

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