Monterey | Lot 323
2019 McLaren Senna
$1,350,000 - $1,650,000 USD | Not Sold
| Monterey, California
17 August 2019
- Delivery mileage with just one owner from new
- Stunning Victory Grey–and–Papaya Orange color scheme
- The fastest and best-performing McLaren on the market
The Senna joined the P1 and F1 as the third addition to McLaren’s ‘Ultimate Series’ when it was unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Named after the late Ayrton Senna and dedicated to his three Formula 1 World Championships with McLaren between 1988 and 1993, the car was designed with one single purpose in mind: to be the most track-focused road car McLaren had ever built. The Senna was to provide the purest connection between car and driver in the pursuit of the quickest lap times.
In contrast to the P1, the Senna’s powertrain forwent any form of electric assistance and instead used a modified version of the company’s 4.0-liter twin turbocharged V-8 engine. Codenamed M840TR, it is the most powerful engine ever installed in a McLaren road car, with a peak output of 789 bhp. It features dry-sump lubrication, lightweight materials for the rods and pistons, and a pair of ultra-low inertia twin scroll turbochargers equipped with electronic waste gates for instant throttle response. It breathes through a bespoke carbon-fiber intake plenum, which is fed cold air from the motorsport-inspired roof-mounted snorkel.
Despite the gargantuan power on offer, where the Senna really works its magic is with its chassis and its active aerodynamics, the latter of which is unparalleled on any other road car. The front of the car is dominated by a massive raised splitter and large air intakes, which feature active winglets to guide air either underneath the body, for aerodynamic downforce, or through the radiators and oil coolers when required. Warm air from the radiators is then channeled from behind the bonnet and over the roof of the car, deliberately missing the snorkel intake before being treated by the enormous active rear wing. The wing itself is controlled by hydraulics and moves constantly to suit the driving scenario, either to act as an airbrake, increase downforce, or equally trim drag as part of an active Drag Reduction System (DRS). It is complemented at the rear by a large double diffuser and second fixed lower wing, which are fed exhausted air from the louvered engine cover. The result is that at 155 mph, the Senna can produce 800 kg of downforce, equating to a massive 40% increase over the McLaren P1.
The chassis is based upon the Monocell III and features lightweight materials and carbon fiber throughout for ultimate stiffness and lightness. The seats weigh under 8 lb each, the front wings under 1.5 lb, and the massive rear wing less than 12 lb. The Senna also uses an upgraded version of McLaren’s RaceActive Chassis Control II system, which features an active double wishbone and hydraulic damper setup from the P1, allowing for variable ride height, damping, and stiffness modes according to the driver’s desired setup. Keeping all this performance in check are Formula 1–inspired carbon brakes developed by McLaren and Brembo, with discs that take seven months to make, each one with integrated cooling vanes and a thermal compound that is three times more conductive than conventional carbon-ceramic brakes. Indeed, so potent is the braking system that the Senna currently holds the record for braking performance for production cars: 124 mph to a standstill in just 100 meters.
Other performance statistics to which the Senna can lay claim are equally impressive: 0–62 mph in 2.8 seconds, 0–124 mph in just 6.8 seconds, and a dry weight of just 1,200 kg, which equates to a power-to-weight ratio of 658 bhp per ton. It thus eclipses even the P1 at its trump statistic (647 bhp per ton), while simultaneously offering significantly more downforce. No surprise, then, that the Senna would show the P1 a clean pair of Pirelli Trofeo Rs at just about any circuit, regardless of the conditions.
This Senna is serial number 434 of the 500 examples that were produced and was delivered to its first and only owner in May 2019. It is a ‘Vision Victory’–specification car featuring blue/grey paintwork, wheels in Satin Raw finish, and calipers and Aeroblades in McLaren Orange. Inside, it is trimmed in Alcantara with the full Alcantara steering-wheel option and also features the bespoke and, of course, lightweight Bowers and Wilkins seven-speaker audio system. Other options include front and rear parking sensors and rear-view camera. To date it has covered just 105 miles and is presented in virtually as-new condition throughout.
The Senna was sold out before it was publicly revealed, with less than a third of the 500 cars making their way to the U.S. In an era when manufacturers rely more and more upon hybridization and the use of electricity to unlock extreme performance, the Senna stands alone as one of, if not the last of, the conventionally powered hypercars. It is all the more desirable for this fact, let alone its low mileage and enviable specification. No hypercar collection should be considered complete without one.