Every detail on this watered-down version of the Senna is faithful to the original, minus the price tag

The Senna is McLaren’s latest and, arguably, most extreme hypercar, a 789-horsepower track-focused machine befitting of McLaren’s Ultimate Series of models that includes the P1 and the F1. At almost $1 million a pop, it was also one of McLaren’s most expensive models when introduced two years ago but that didn’t stop the 500-unit production run to sell out within days.

Fear not, however, as we have an alternative for you Senna-lovers out there that doesn’t even cost $1,000, not even $500 and, better yet, is just big enough for your kid to enjoy. Just beware of the day when your kid outgrows this scaled-down Senna and asks for the real thing.

This is McLaren’s third ride-on supercar

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McLaren’s known for making some of the world’s most capable supercars but the company’s been building in the last few years on the lifestyle side of the business and that also means catering for McLaren’s youngest fans, those that are not yet proud carriers of a driver’s license. It is for them that McLaren conceived a series of official ride-on cars. The first was the McLaren P1 which was followed last year by a 720S and now McLaren unveiled at its Woking factory the Senna.

Sporting all of the aerodynamic appendages that make the full-size Senna one of the world's most potent street-legal track cars, the ride-on version is electrified meaning there are no pedals nor does the kid have to push his way around.
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By making it electric, McLaren was able to add more features to the Senna ride on like functional headlights and taillights that complement the functional dihedral doors.

The McLaren Senna ride-on is available in five colors including black, white, orange, blue, and red. There’s also a sixth, special edition color that can only be found via McLaren’s own retailers and the McLaren online shop.

This last livery blends yellow with green in a nod to the iconic color scheme of Ayrton Senna's racing lid.

Senna, of course, bagged three World Drivers’ titles racing for McLaren in the late ’80s and very early ’90s and his family agreed for McLaren to use the Senna name.

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The lilliputian Senna is aimed at 3 to 6-year-olds but this didn’t stop McLaren’s up-and-coming F1 driver Lando Norris from jumping in - should McLaren consider making a Senna Roadster for real? - and having a go in the ride on car for a laugh and, maybe, a trip down memory lane.

But this ride-on car is bound to be better appointed than those from Lando’s youth as it features a proper ’Start Engine’ button as well as an infotainment system of sorts. The button engages the electric motor and also unleashes the small Senna’s concert of realistic engine notes meant to cover the buzzing electric motor and give your kid the impression he’s being powered around by that 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V-8 engine codenamed the M840TR. The infotainment system, meanwhile, allows the driver to play his favorite music through the speakers on the dash with files accessible from a USB device or SD card.

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Whilelast year’s 720S ride-on car costs about $330, the Senna will be on sale in the UK at selected toy retailers as well as McLaren’s own shops with a price tag of $492. It may seem like quite a pretty penny for something touted as the "ultimate accessory for younger performance enthusiasts," but let’s not forget that a real Senna commands prices upwards of $1.3 million...

2019 McLaren Senna specifications
Engine 4.0-liter V-8
Horsepower 789 HP
Torque 590 LB-FT
Transmission Dual-clutch, seven-speed transmission
Weight 2,641 LBS
0 to 60 mph 2.8 seconds
Top Speed 208 mph
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First-ever McLaren Senna ‘Ride-On’ and third car in McLaren’s range of children models, following the McLaren P1TM and 720S
The ultimate new supercar toy, with working dihedral doors; operating brake with brake light elements; infotainment system and realistic McLaren Senna engine sounds
Six liveries available, one of which – yellow with green accents – is exclusively sold through the official McLaren Retailer Network
Available to order now; priced at £375 in the UK market
McLaren Automotive is pleased to announce a new, track-focused electrified model for the junior racing driver - the McLaren Senna ‘Ride-On’.

Hot on the heels of the McLaren 720S ‘Ride-On’ launched last year, the new McLaren Senna ‘Ride-On’ is the ultimate accessory for younger performance enthusiasts. It is modelled on McLaren’s most extreme track car, the unparalleled abilities of which are reflected in it bearing the name of three-time McLaren Formula 1 World Champion, Ayrton Senna.

The McLaren Senna Ride-On is available in five authentic and eye-catching McLaren paint colours: black, white, Mira orange, Vega blue and Memphis red. A sixth, special edition colour – exclusive to McLaren retailers - of yellow with green accents echoes the colours of Ayrton’s race helmet for the most serious of budding racing drivers.

The McLaren Senna Ride-On is aimed at 3 to 6-year-olds, although McLaren’s own Formula 1 driver Lando Norris did manage to squeeze in the car and take it for a test drive, just to check he was happy with the way it drove.

The McLaren Senna ‘Ride-On’ features all the functions of last year’s popular 720S ‘Ride-On’, including working dihedral doors to allow easy access. Once inside, the young owner can begin their drive using an authentic push-button start which activates McLaren Senna engine sounds. Junior journeys can also be accompanied by music, played via an infotainment system that can access files from a USB device or SD card.

For precision handling, the model also features a working brake with brake light function. And while performance is understandably restricted compared to the real thing, the McLaren Senna ‘Ride-On’ is set to become one of the most coveted automotive toys of 2020 and beyond. Priced at £375 in the UK market, the McLaren Senna ‘Ride-On’ is available to order now at McLaren Retailers and selected toy retailers.

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