McLaren Senna Hits 0-62 mph in Mere Seconds
After McLaren unveiled its second Ultimate Series model in the last quarter of the previous year, it has now revealed impressive performance stats of the sold-out Senna hypercar. There’s a lot of reasons why it sold like pancakes, but primarily because it can hit zero to 62mph in just 2.8 seconds, and can reach top speeds of 211mph.
With those stats, it is able to go from zero to 124mph in just 6.8 seconds, and zero to 186mph in 17.5 seconds, all because of its sub 1.2-tonne kerbweight and 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8. With that much speed, it can finish the standing quarter mile easily in 9.9 seconds, which makes it a lot faster than the original McLaren F1.
While the acceleration power is impressive, its motorsport-grade braking system is also astounding. It allows the Senna to go to a screeching halt from 124mph in just 100 meters.
This fantastic model was named in homage to the late three-time Formula 1 World Champion Ayrton Senna. The company said a percentage of the car sales will go to the foundation under his name. As of today, all 500 examples have been sold out already for a whopping price of £750,000 (over $1M).
It’s important to note, however, that this new hypercar is not created to replace the McLaren P1, but instead will be a part of the three-seat BP23 in the Ultimate Series range. It is described to provide “the most intense circuit experience of any McLaren,” and those stats certainly point to that promise.
Andy Palmer, McLaren’s vehicle line director, explains that the engineers were instructed to “make it as fast as we possibly can going around a track, but also make it road legal.” Palmer also refers to the Senna as possibly the “lightest, fastest, most engaging McLaren yet.”
The Senna’s design is carefully crafted for optimal combination of downforce and aerodynamic efficiency, while it’s body is completely made up of carbon fiber. Huge gulleys and louvres in the side allow air to slide down and over the car, while cooling vents keep the radiators in top shape. It also has two-piece glass windows and increased on-track visibility due to the glass insert for the lower half of the dihedral doors. Combine all the body panels and that makes up just 60kgs of weight.
To increase the bottom of the carbon rear wings’ surface area, it is attached on top of pylons and three exhausts are up and flush with the bodywork. The mechanical elements of the car can be seen at the back as is seen through the giant double diffuser, which increases in height to further boost downforce.
If you thought that was it for the aero technology, think again. The rear wing is hydraulic and adjusts up and down to balance aero and downforce, and also helps with breaking via airbrake. It is only 4.87kgs, although it can support 100 times its own weight in downforce. There are also moveable flaps hidden underneath the air intakes, which directs cool air where it is needed. 800kg of downforce at 155mph is the result of this technology.
Like any other McLaren model, the Senna’s interior is very minimalist. The roof hosts the door handles, window switches and engine start button. Meanwhile, the essentials are all placed on a pared-back dashboard. You will find two double-layer carbon bucket seats made more comfortable with foam padding, which, for ergonomics’ sake, slide back and forth with the gear selector panel.
While it is maintained free of unnecessary clutter, the infotainment system is mounted on a freestanding panel, and you will see a familiarity with the sliding digital instrument cluster which is inspired from the 720S. If you are looking for luggage space, you will find it behind the driver’s head, although it is only meant for two helmets.
The Senna has a better power-to-weight ratio than the P1 as it boasts 659bhp per tonne. This is in large consideration to the super-light carbon technology employed in creating this hypercar.
The McLaren’s RaceActive Chassis Control II system is what’s used for the Senna, using hydraulic adaptive dampers and anti-roll bars on a double wishbone setup. It also features a race mode added to the usual Comfort, Sport and Track settings, which means its body is made closer to the ground.
McLaren attests that the Senna has the most sophisticated brake system on the road. While all models have been sold out, it will still make an appearance during the Geneva Motor Show.