It comes complete with a raft of customization options

It ain’t easy to make the McLaren P1 even more outrageous, but that’s exactly the trick the Woking brand pulled off with the Senna. Named after one of the most legendary Formula 1 drivers of all time, the Senna mates big power and aero with incredibly low weight, creating one helluva road car. Now, the very first example of this limited edition monster machine is officially out in the wild.

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The McLaren Senna, Chassis No. 001 Has Been Delivered; Will Call London Home Exterior
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After settling into his new performance machine, Kyte “immediately set out to enjoy his new purchase on a 1,400-km (870-mile) road trip.”

This week, the very-first production example of the McLaren Senna, chassis number 001, was delivered to its owner. Taking the keys was David Kyte, a businessman out of London, who received the hypercar at the McLaren Technology Center in Woking. McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt and several other company execs were all on hand to oversee the handover.

After settling into his new performance machine, Kyte “immediately set out to enjoy his new purchase on a 1,400-km [870-mile] road trip.” To accompany him, Kyte enjoyed a caravan with five other McLaren models, including three other Sennas, a 720S, and a 600 LT.

Driving the other vehicles was Bruno Senna, the Brazilian racing driver and nephew of Ayrton Senna, as well as McLaren Automotive Chief Operating Officer Dr. Jens Ludmann, and McLaren Ultimate Series Vehicle Line Director Andy Palmer.

Together, the group drove to the Circuit Paul Ricard in the south of France. There, Kyte is getting geared up to participate in a McLaren driving experience set to take place this weekend.

“David Kyte is a longstanding McLaren enthusiast with a true passion for our brand and a number of McLarens to prove it,” said Flewitt. “We have had many conversations about the car he has now taken delivery of and while I believe that the McLaren Senna is already incredible in every respect, the additional work that David has commissioned from McLaren Special Operations has taken ‘Senna 001’ to another level.”

The McLaren Senna, Chassis No. 001 Has Been Delivered; Will Call London Home Exterior
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Details include an MSO Anniversary White exterior matched to a unique MSO Aurora Blue livery, as well as loads of carbon bits.

Details include an MSO Anniversary White exterior matched to a unique MSO Aurora Blue livery, as well as a roof intake, fuel filler cap, and T-Bar finished in MSO Satin Visual Carbon Fiber. The brakes come covered in MSO Bespoke Burton Blue, while the center lock wheel nuts are finished in Volcano Red. The front end also gets a special outline of the Interlagos circuit in São Paulo, Brazil, with the McLaren badge on the nose marking the start/finish line.

All told, the custom paint took 600 hours to complete, with the masking prep alone requiring two weeks of work.

The McLaren Senna, Chassis No. 001 Has Been Delivered; Will Call London Home Interior
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Further details include Ayrton Senna’s signature added to the door sills, as well as engravings on the throttle pedal with the years he participated in the Formula One World Championship

Further details include Ayrton Senna’s signature added to the door sills, as well as engravings on the throttle pedal with the years he participated in the Formula One World Championship. There’s also plenty of black Alcantara upholstery, which is upgraded with red diamond contrast stitching and red Senna S logos in the headrests. The door struts are also done in red, while the carbon fiber surrounds are in red-tinted carbon fiber.

All told, we think this customized Senna looks awesome, and we love how it was actually driven on public roads, rather than immediately loaded into a trailer and stuffed into a garage. This is a car that’s meant to be enjoyed - get out there and enjoy it, Mr. Kyte!

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The first customer McLaren Senna built, which carries chassis number 001, was officially presented this week to its owner, London-based businessman, David Kyte – who immediately set out to enjoy his new purchase on a 1,400km ‘road trip’, accompanied by five other McLaren cars.

Following the presentation by McLaren CEO, Mike Flewitt and other McLaren Automotive and McLaren Special Operations senior executives, which took place at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, UK, ‘Senna 001’ departed for the south of France with three other McLaren Sennas, a McLaren 720S and a McLaren 600LT. The convoy of supercars, whose drivers included racing driver and nephew of Ayrton Senna, Bruno Senna; McLaren Automotive Chief Operating Officer, Dr Jens Ludmann and McLaren Ultimate Series Vehicle Line Director, Andy Palmer, has now arrived at the Circuit Paul Ricard near Marseille, where Mr Kyte will join a Pure McLaren driving experience taking place this weekend.

“Handing over the key to the first customer McLaren Senna built was an honour for me and a milestone for the company,” commented McLaren Automotive CEO, Mike Flewitt. “David Kyte is a longstanding McLaren enthusiast with a true passion for our brand and a number of McLarens to prove it. We have had many conversations about the car he has now taken delivery of and while I believe that the McLaren Senna is already incredible in every respect, the additional work that David has commissioned from McLaren Special Operations has taken ‘Senna 001’ to another level.”

Finished in MSO Anniversary White with striking livery painted in MSO Aurora Blue and the Senna brand displayed on the wing endplate, the bespoke McLaren Senna also features roof ‘snorkel’, T-Bar and fuel filler cover in MSO Satin Visual Carbon Fibre; brake calipers painted in MSO Bespoke Burton Blue; and MSO Bespoke Coloured Centre Lock wheel nuts in Volcano Red. The paintwork alone took more than 600 hours to complete, two paint specialists devoting two weeks to ‘masking-up’ the car before the livery was applied.

‘Senna 001’ is further personalised with individual references to the legendary Ayrton Senna: his signature is on the door shut, the years that he was Formula One World Champion are engraved on the throttle pedal and the layout of the Interlagos circuit in São Paulo, Brazil – with the McLaren badge marking the start/finish line – is clearly visible on the front of the car. The interior has also been enhanced by McLaren Special Operations to Mr Kyte’s requirements, with MSO Bespoke interior trim in black Alcantara® complemented by diamond-stitching on the seats and a Senna ‘S’ logo embroidered on each headrest, all in Harissa Red. Black carpet with Harissa Red Alcantara® piping and decorative stitch, Volcano Red door struts and red-tinted carbon fibre control surrounds complete the personalisation. The vehicle keys are also in red-tinted carbon.

“I committed to buying a McLaren Senna as soon as I became aware that McLaren was developing the car – so long before the name was confirmed - but leaving the McLaren Technology Centre after the handover ceremony was the first time I have actually driven one,” explained Mr Kyte. “Now, with 1,400km covered, I’m delighted to report that as someone who rates driver engagement as crucial to driver enjoyment, the Senna has more than exceeded my expectations.”

Mr Kyte continued: “Working with McLaren Special Operations on the bespoke design of the car was a fascinating experience; MSO has undertaken personalisation on other McLarens I own, but this was a much more complex project. The original inspiration for the livery was to trace the way that the air flows over the body but we decided on a more stylised design, with which I am absolutely delighted. I also love the fact that there are features on the car that are almost hidden, such as the details honouring Ayrton Senna and the McLaren ‘Speedy Kiwi’ on each side of what I am extremely proud to call, ‘my Senna’”.

Mr Kyte travelled to Paul Ricard to take part in a Pure McLaren experience – the official track driving programme of McLaren Automotive. The events provide an opportunity to drive a McLaren at some of the best circuits in Europe and North America, with a range of courses available encompassing customers new to the circuit through to those obtaining their professional racing licence. The weekend at Paul Ricard incorporates the FIA-sanctioned Pure McLaren GT Series, in which Mr Kyte competes in his McLaren 570S GT4.

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