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  • McLaren Senna
  • Year:
    2019
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  • Engine:
    V8
  • Transmission:
    Dual-clutch, seven-speed transmission
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    789
  • Torque @ RPM:
    590
  • Displacement:
    4.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    2.5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    220 mph (Est.)
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The latest Ultimate Series is a track-ready tribute to Ayrton Senna

A successful race car builder from the 1960s to the 1980s, McLaren began making a name for itself as a road car manufacturer in the early 1990s with the F1. Launched with many benchmarks, including the first carbon-fiber construction, the F1 became one of the most iconic supercars ever made. It was so great that it took McLaren 15 years to gives us a predecessor, the P1, introduced at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Four years have passed, and the McLaren Ultimate Series is entering a new era with a brand-new supercar. Codenamed the P15 and in the rumor mill for a couple of years now, the McLaren Senna was unveiled on December 9, 2017, as the company’s ultimate road-legal race car.

A unique design that brings together styling cues from the P1, 720S, and new aerodynamic features, the Senna bears the name of F1 driver Ayrton Senna, who drove McLaren Formula One cars for six years, from 1988 to 1993.

While the Senna’s aggressive design and aerodynamics aren’t surprising, the fact that it’s not a hybrid comes as a bit of shock. With its predecessor sporting an electric motor, the new Ultimate Series was expected to have a similar layout. The same goes for the interior, which has a standard left-hand-drive configuration, despite prototypes that have a mid-mounted driver’s seat, like the old F1. But this doesn’t make the Senna a less spectacular supercar. On the contrary!

Update 8/27/2018: The McLaren Senna may be something of a unicorn to most of the world but we finally managed to catch up with it in the metal at Monterey Car Week 2018. Check out our video and all-new images below.

 

Latest McLaren Senna news and reviews:

Watch Someone Take Delivery of a $1.5 Million Full Carbon McLaren Senna

Watch Someone Take Delivery of a $1.5 Million Full Carbon McLaren Senna

You don’t see a carbon fiber-clad McLaren Senna everyday

A McLaren customer has taken delivery of one of the most unique McLaren Sennas you’ll ever see. It’s dressed in exposed carbon fiber body panels and gold accents, a result of exclusive touches added to the supercar by McLaren Special Operations (MSO). McLaren only built 500 units of the Senna, each priced at just over $1 million. With the exclusive handiwork on this car, this particular model costs closer to $1.5 million.

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This One-Off McLaren Senna Merlin Goes To Show Just How Magical MSO Really Is

This One-Off McLaren Senna Merlin Goes To Show Just How Magical MSO Really Is

No other Senna in the world comes with an image of the wizard of legend

A one-off McLaren Senna that’s been customized by McLaren Special Operations is up for auction on Bring A Trailer. The unit, number 401 of the 500 Sennas made, is unique for several reasons, none more significant than the “Merlin” name it’s been bestowed. The one-of-a-kind Senna “Merlin” currently has a bid of $900,000 with eight days left in the auction.

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Everything You Need to Know About The McLaren Senna

Everything You Need to Know About The McLaren Senna

McLaren’s Senna is a beautiful library of quirks and features

Named after beloved Brazilian F1 driver Ayrton Senna, the McLaren Senna is an Ultimate Series model sharing apex predator status with the likes of Elva, P1, and Speedtail in the British supercar maker’s lineup.

At the same time, the Senna is part of a new breed of supercars that feature F1-derived technology, so it’s basically a competitor for the likes of Mercedes-AMG One and Aston Martin Valkyrie. As a result, it’s brimming with features that make it both unique and a beast on the road or on the track. Stick around for an in-depth run-through of the Senna’s quirks and specs.

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This McLaren Senna With $360K In Options Is Heading to Auction

This McLaren Senna With $360K In Options Is Heading to Auction

The McLaren Senna is sold out, but you can grab one at auction for up to $1.3 million

Unveiled to the world in late 2017, the McLaren Senna is still in production as of 2020. However, all 500 units of the track-ready supercar have been sold long before it made its public debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. If you missed it and you have at least $1 million to spend, a bespoke example fitted with optional equipment worth over $360,000 will go under the hammed at RM Sotheby’s Arizona auction on January 22, 2021. What makes it special and how much could it cost? Let’s find out.

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Lego And McLaren Show Senna GTR Technic Set And We're Reaching for Our Credit Cards

Lego And McLaren Show Senna GTR Technic Set And We’re Reaching for Our Credit Cards

830 pieces of track fury right on our desks

The Senna GTR can now write all the history it wants both on the race track and on your desk. Lego is partnering up with the British supercar maker on a Technic set that will recreate the Senna GTR using the tiny plastic bricks we all know and love.

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Hoonicorn Stares Down the McLaren Senna in Fantasy Drag Race Come to Life

Hoonicorn Stares Down the McLaren Senna in Fantasy Drag Race Come to Life

Does McLaren’s engineering marvel have a chance against Ken Block’s raging monster?

On one side you have a British supercar that was developed using state-of-the-art technology. On the other side, you have a heavily tuned ‘Stang that’s in this world to get thrown around in every direction imaginable as we cheer on its sheer power and ferocity. It’s not the kind of drag race you normally see, but, rest assured, it’s the kind of drag race you’d want to see. Well, here it is. It’s the Hoonicorn taking on the Senna in a straight-line race for the ages.

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The McLaren Senna GTR Is the Last Car You'd Expect to See at a McDonald's Drive-Thru

The McLaren Senna GTR Is the Last Car You’d Expect to See at a McDonald’s Drive-Thru

Stranger things have happened, though

The McLaren Senna GTR is arguably one of the most sophisticated cars in the world. As the track-focused version of the Senna hypercar, the 814-horsepower GTR is a monster in every sense of the word. It’s also the fastest non-Formula One car McLaren has created for faster lap times. All that points to a car that’s not only fast and powerful but also obscenely expensive.

Well, even the fastest, most powerful, and most expensive cars in the world are not immune to the hunger pangs of the drivers that drive them. The Senna GTR is no exception as we see it in, of all places, a McDonald’s Drive-Thru. Yes, a McDonald’s Drive-Thru.

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Why Wouldn't You Watch This Showdown Between the McLaren Senna and 720S?

Why Wouldn’t You Watch This Showdown Between the McLaren Senna and 720S?

Two cars from the same automaker, using the same engine and transmission, but with different sets of pros and cons; who will win?

There are thousands of drag races online, but this one from DragTimes has caught our attention this time. It’s an epic race between the McLaren 720S and the McLaren Senna on a drag strip. The Senna is the third addition in the automaker’s Ultimate Series, joining the F1 and the P1. Seeing the specs, you might declare the Senna to be the winner in this drag race competition. But, it went up against the 720S, a car that offers F1-like performance. Which one do you think will emerge as the winner?

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2021 McLaren Senna GTR LM

2021 McLaren Senna GTR LM

The McLaren Senna GTR LM is a series of unique cars that pay tribute to McLaren’s 1995 Le Mans campaign

The 2020 McLaren Senna GTR LM is a limited-edition version of the Senna GTR. A customer-commissioned series, the 2020 Senna GTR LM was designed as a tribute to McLaren’s 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans campaign, which saw the F1 GTR win the race for the very first time. The 2020 Senna GTR LM is limited to five units, each designed as a homage to the five F1 GTR race cars that finished the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans in first, third, fourth, fifth, and 13th positions. The 2020 Senna GTR LM shouldn’t be confused with the 2020 Senna LM.The latter also celebrates 25 years since McLaren won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and it’s also limited to five cars, but it was commissioned by two U.S. McLaren dealerships. And while the Senna LM is based on the regular Senna, the Senna GTR LM is built around the track-only Senna GTR model.

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2020 McLaren Senna LM

2020 McLaren Senna LM

The iconic LM badge returns to celebrate McLaren’s Le Mans success

The 2020 McLaren Senna LM is a limited-edition supercar build by the McLaren Special Operations division. Designed to commemorate 25 years since the iconic McLaren F1 GTR won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1995, the 2020 Senna LM is a spiritual successor to the P1 LM, which in turn followed the iconic F1 LM. Unlike other versions of the Senna, the Senna LM wasn’t commissioned by McLaren. This supercar, limited to just five units, was commissioned by the McLaren Orlando and McLaren North Jersey dealerships, so it’s a U.S.-exclusive model.

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2021 McLaren LM 25 Edition by Lanzante

2021 McLaren LM 25 Edition by Lanzante

Lanzante Just Revealed All Six Special Edition McLarens to Celebrate the F1 GTR’s 1996 Le Mans Win

It wasn’t that long ago that British automotive company Lanzante teased the LM25 series of special-edition McLarens that it’s building to celebrate the F1 GTR’s 1996 Le Mans win. Now, we’re finally getting a look at all six models, and these cars are, quite possibly, the best tribute models we’ve ever seen. The company has designed a kit for every McLaren currently available today along with 600LT, which recently went out of production.

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This McLaren Senna Electric Car Is the Best Way To Introduce Your Little One to the World of Cars

This McLaren Senna Electric Car Is the Best Way To Introduce Your Little One to the World of Cars

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.

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Invaluable McLaren Senna LM Gets Trashed By Former F1 Driver

Invaluable McLaren Senna LM Gets Trashed By Former F1 Driver

Monaco is the scene of yet another saddening supercar wreck

The McLaren Senna is without a shadow of a doubt among the single craziest road cars we’ve ever seen. Boasting active aerodynamics, the sort of stuff that isn’t even allowed in racing, the Senna is more than just a 720S on steroids. With 790 horsepower on tap coming from an upgraded version of the 720S’ V-8, it’s menacing to drive, and that’s still the case even if you’re a former Formula 1 driver as Adrian Sutil apparently found out over the weekend when he rammed a lamp post with his Senna. What gets us to tears is that the car isn’t even a normal Senna, instead, it’s a Senna LM of which only 20 exist.

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2020 McLaren Senna by Novitec

2020 McLaren Senna by Novitec

Another extensive package that ticks the performance and design boxes

The Novitec-McLaren tuning affair has had its fair share of episodes up to this point. In fact, the German tuner offers one of the most tasteful packages for McLaren’s line of products and although it worked on the Senna in the past, the house just released a new bundle of tweaks for the British supercar.

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Here's the Interesting Story Behind the McLaren Senna GTR's Massive Rear Wing

Here’s the Interesting Story Behind the McLaren Senna GTR’s Massive Rear Wing

Did you think generating huge levels of downforce was easy?

McLaren was quick to reveal the Senna GTR just 12 months after it showed it in prototype guise. Despite sharing the same name with the road-going supercar, the fully-fledged race car was fitted with a rethinked body kit that focuses heavily on generating more downforce at lower speeds.

Part of this new body kit is the ginormous rear wing that dominates the rear section of the Senna GTR. And the wing itself has its own story.

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Living the Dream? Shmee Has a Model Car That's Identical to His McLaren Senna

Living the Dream? Shmee Has a Model Car That’s Identical to His McLaren Senna

And it costs more than $9,000!

Supercar connoisseur and YouTube vlogger Shmee150 recently took delivery of his second McLaren Senna. But this time around it’s a scale model that’s eight times smaller than the real deal. But it’s identical to the actual car in terms of colors and even materials. What’s more, it costs in excess of $9,000.

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Watch a McLaren Senna Almost Take Flight on an Old Space Shuttle Runway

Watch a McLaren Senna Almost Take Flight on an Old Space Shuttle Runway

The sound it makes during the run is unbelievable

From the first time it surfaced online to the present day, the McLaren Senna has been the subject of numerous track battles, road trips, and standalone reviews. They’re all well-documented through articles or videos, but there’s never been an instance where the supercar is let to stretch its legs freely and make the most out of its V-8. Or should we say… spread its wings and take off?

Someone took a Senna for a standing mile top speed test at the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds runway to see if the McLaren-declared top speed of 208 mph is indeed attainable in real life.

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The McLaren Senna Is the New King of the World's Greatest Drag Race

The McLaren Senna Is the New King of the World’s Greatest Drag Race

Also, the Porsche 911 is really quick in a straight line

You must be familiar with MotorTrend’s World’s Greatest Drag Race title by now. It has reached its ninth interpretation and it’s safe to say that we’re looking at the craziest, most extreme iteration of the drag race.

Part of that is because the McLaren Senna is involved in it. Sure, none of the other cars can be called a slouch, but McLaren’s work on the Senna is paying off big time, especially if we are to consider that after launching the not-so-perfect MP4-12C, the Brits have been resilient in improving their sports cars.

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A McLaren P1 and Senna Pull Up to the Drag Strip and the Results Are Surprising

A McLaren P1 and Senna Pull Up to the Drag Strip and the Results Are Surprising

There’s still one true king among McLarens in a drag race

If you had a choice between two McLarens to go toe-to-toe in a drag race, the obvious candidates are clear. The McLaren P1 and the McLaren Senna are two of the most powerful cars in the British automaker’s portfolio and the question on which of the two is faster on a drag strip has been asked by a lot of people.

McLaren hasn’t given the people what they want, but that’s all moot now. Here’s a video of the two McLarens finally coming together for a nice ol’ drag race, and the results are pretty surprising, to say the least.

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Shmee150 Delivers Update on the State of His Beloved McLaren Senna

Shmee150 Delivers Update on the State of His Beloved McLaren Senna

It’s been two months since the Senna was involved in a road accident

Two months after figuring into a road mishap that resulted in significant damages to his McLaren Senna, YouTube star Shmee150 has returned to give us an update on the state of his beloved supercar. Turns out, the Senna remains in the hands of McLaren where it’s still in the middle of getting repaired.

Specific parts that were damaged from the road accident have just arrived in the McLaren workshop so it will still take a few months before the Senna is restored, good as new, and returned to its anxious winner. The video isn’t just about Shmee150. It also gives us a good look at the inner workings of McLaren’s car repair process and the painstaking lengths and attention-to-detail that comes with making sure that every square inch of the Senna is investigated, prodded over, and repaired if the situation calls of it. At some point in the next few months, Shmee150 will be reunited with his McLaren Senna. But for now, it remains in the hands of McLaren, waiting for the automaker to bring it back to life.

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Video: How Fast Can the McLaren Senna Really Go?

Video: How Fast Can the McLaren Senna Really Go?

The numbers are impressive, but do they stack up to McLaren’s claims?

The McLaren Senna represents the pinnacle of McLaren engineering. It’s the result of the British automaker’s goal to build a more potent machine than the P1 hypercar without having to rely on the latter’s hybrid technology. McLaren achieved that goal when it turned it into a ground-breaking, lightweight supercar that defied even our highest of expectations. But as impressive as it was from a technical standpoint, the Senna still had to prove that its performance chops are as good as advertised. That opportunity finally came when the Senna did a top speed run at the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds in Merritt Island, Florida. The results, as you might expect, came with a few surprises.

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2019 McLaren Senna by Hennessey

2019 McLaren Senna by Hennessey

It may seem incredible, but the Senna’s V-8 generates even more power!

The McLaren Senna is the company’s latest track-ready supercar. A successor to theP1, the Senna dropped the hybrid drivetrain for pure V-8 power and adopted a more aerodynamic design. The Senna is essentially a race car for the road, but it also spawned a track-only GTR version. Come 2019, and Hennessey Performance launched a couple of upgrades for the supercar.

Yes, it’s hard to believe that the Senna can be further tweaked, but the folks over at Hennessey are known for their capability to push just about any car to the limit. If you think that the Senna’s 789-horsepower rating is impressive, you need to know that the British supercar can generate much more than that. Let’s find out more about that in the review below.

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Check Out This Outrageously Detailed Full-Scale Lego McLaren Senna

Check Out This Outrageously Detailed Full-Scale Lego McLaren Senna

Almost a half million bricks and 5,000 hours went into building it!

The 2019 McLaren Senna is a truly epic automobile, so it makes sense that this full-scale version from Lego is every bit as impressive. The details on this thing are outrageous, from the perfect exterior recreation, to an interior you can actually sit in, to the inclusion of real parts plucked straight from the actual road car. Compared to Lego’s previous builds, this is definitely one of the most impressive yet.

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2020 McLaren Senna GTR

2020 McLaren Senna GTR

The closest thing to a Formula One car!

The McLaren Senna GTR is the track-only variant of the radical Senna supercar. Named after famed F1 driver Ayrton Senna, the supercar also pays tribute to the iconic F1 GTR in race-spec trim. Previewed by the Senna GTR Concept at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the track-bound supercar broke cover in production form only 12 months later.

A no-compromise machine that ditches the limitations of a road-legal car, the Senna GTR is described as a vehicle that’s "able to lap circuits faster than any McLaren outside Formula 1." It takes the already light, powerful, and track-focused Senna to new heights with extra power, a lighter curb weight, incredible aerodynamic downforce, and knowledge from McLaren’s GT3 racing program. As usual, it’s highly exclusive, and the few cars that will leave the production line are already sold out. Let’s find out more about it below.

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The 2020 McLaren Senna GTR Has Extra Power and Downforce for a Track-Worthy Cause

The 2020 McLaren Senna GTR Has Extra Power and Downforce for a Track-Worthy Cause

More power and downforce for quicker lap times

It’s been only 12 months since McLaren unveiled the Senna GTR Concept, and the production version is finally here. As a significantly modified version of the concept, the Senna GTR takes the already extreme and barely road-legal Senna and turns it into a full-fledged race car. Only 75 will be produced, and you’ll probably never get your hands on one.

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Barrett-Jackson Just Auctioned Off a 2019 McLaren Seen (VIN 005) and it Sold for Crazy Money

Barrett-Jackson Just Auctioned Off a 2019 McLaren Seen (VIN 005) and it Sold for Crazy Money

Barely a year after hitting the market, the Senna is already commanding a premium in the auction scene

A low-mileage McLaren Senna sold for $1.45 million at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. The specific Senna, VIN# 005, sold for more than the $1 million starting price that a brand-new Senna would’ve cost. Unfortunately, McLaren only built 500 units of the supercar, and all 500 Senna units, including 120 in the U.S., already have owners. Actually, only 499 units of the 789-horsepower supercar remain after one of them was charred to a crisp recently. Perhaps that developed spurred the spike in price for the Senna that was being auctioned off at Barrett-Jackson. Perhaps it didn’t. Either way, the winning bidder not only won a Senna, but he also won a Senna with just 281 miles in its odometer. That’s a pretty sweet deal for all parties involved.

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Can't Afford a McLaren Senna? Here's a cool Lego you can buy

Can’t Afford a McLaren Senna? Here’s a cool Lego you can buy

It comes with a wind tunnel too

I’m pretty sure everyone reading TopSpeed loves the McLaren Senna. Unfortunately, most of us can’t afford one. The good news is that we can find plenty of miniature replicas that we can afford and Lego just added another mini Senna to the list.

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Car for Sale: 2018 McLaren Senna With Just 14 Miles on the Clock

Car for Sale: 2018 McLaren Senna With Just 14 Miles on the Clock

It’s selling for about $380,000 more than the original price tag

McLaren only built 500 Sennas and, as you’d expect, they’re all gone. As part of the company’s Ultimate Series of models, you had to be invited to buy one but, if none of the invitations found their way into your mailbox, now you’ve got a chance to buy one with delivery mileage onboard. The catch? You could have a 5,000+ square-foot house in Florida for the same kind of money.

Unveiled to the general public at last year’s Geneva Auto Show, the Senna is an extreme machine. It’s got to be, though, when you factor in its name, that of the late great Ayrton Senna, one of the best drivers to ever drive in the Formula 1 World Championship. It’s also very rare and the 500th example sold at auction for almost $3 million. Now, though, there’s one up for grabs for considerably less, and it’s just as pristine. If you’re a multi-millionaire, you could say this is a real bargain since prices will only go up for these things in the next few years.

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LEGO's 2019 Speed Champions Lineup is Loaded With Pony Cars and Exotics

LEGO’s 2019 Speed Champions Lineup is Loaded With Pony Cars and Exotics

Too bad it’s arriving a month after Christmas

It’s probably not the best time to promote it, but LEGO is doing it, anyway. The line for the 2019 Lego Speed Champions set has been unveiled, and there’s a lot to get excited about if you’re a fan of brick cars and their real-life counterparts. The lineup includes one of the fiercest supercars in the market today, a handful of muscle cars that can throw down against any car on the road, and what is arguably the most iconic Ferrari of all time outside the 250 GTO. The 2019 Lego Speed Champions sets will be available to order in January, or a month after Christmas. Those who are looking to buy one for the holidays will have to hold out for a month, but if patience is a virtue, the wait should be worth it.

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McLaren Teases a Lego Champions Senna in London Toy Store: Video

McLaren Teases a Lego Champions Senna in London Toy Store: Video

McLaren proves that you can build hype for anything

Lego’s Speed Champions collection comprises some of the world’s most exotic machinery such as the Le Mans-winning Porsche 919, the Bugatti Chiron or the Ferrari LaFerrari. Now, a new hypercar is poised to join the lineup of the construction toy manufacturer’s collection. It’s McLaren’s ludicrous Senna, and it won’t be released until after Christmas, but McLaren already released the first teaser video.

You know how most manufacturers let some darkened images slip through the cracks showcasing whatever new model they plan on launching at an upcoming moment in time. McLaren has taken the idea to the world of Lego toys and dully made a fun video showing the soon-to-be-released McLaren Senna in Lego guise. It’s proving the point that, if you want, you can build hype for just about anything.

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We Caught the McLaren Senna GTR Prototype, but It's Missing a Few Important Pieces

We Caught the McLaren Senna GTR Prototype, but It’s Missing a Few Important Pieces

Expect to see it in 2019

Shortly after the radical McLaren Senna came out, the British firm confirmed that a GTR version is underway. We’ve already seen the car in the form of a production-ready concept, so its design is far from a mystery, but a bunch of spy shots we just received from our paparazzi hint that an official unveiling will take place soon.

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The Track-Bound McLaren Senna GTR Will Deliver a Pavement Torturing 2,205-Pounds of Downforce

The Track-Bound McLaren Senna GTR Will Deliver a Pavement Torturing 2,205-Pounds of Downforce

The production version is in the works and it would make Senna happy

McLaren’s on an absolute monster roll. The British manufacturer barely let the dust rest on the newly-unveiled Speedtail and now they’ve released the first tidbits of information about the production version of the ludicrous Senna GTR, the track-only iteration of the already mind-boggling McLaren Senna.

We’ve just gotten over the rush caused by McLaren’s new 3-seater Speedtail model. Just as we’re rounding out talking about every inch of the Speedtail, McLaren kindly offers us more. Wait, what? Well, McLaren released today the first details on the McLaren Senna GTR which was first previewed via a flashy prototype at this year’s Geneva Auto Show.

That’s right, we now know a bit more about the car which will, as we can guess from a sketch you’re looking at, be slightly different to the Senna GTR concept. I’ll explain why that is down below so you should keep on reading if you want to find out what the GTR’s numbers are as well.

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43-Year-Old Crashes a McLaren Senna Just Hours After Delivery

43-Year-Old Crashes a McLaren Senna Just Hours After Delivery

It’s been said before, but money doesn’t buy talent

When you name your latest supercar after one of the greatest Formula 1 drivers to ever grace a racetrack, there are a few assumptions to be made. Firstly, the car in question will be blisteringly, outrageously fast, and secondly, it’ll be quite the handful behind the wheel. Unfortunately for one McLaren Senna customer, these were two lessons learned the hard way.

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McLaren Celebrates Launch of Forza Horizon 4 with Senna vs. Motocross Bikes Race

McLaren Celebrates Launch of Forza Horizon 4 with Senna vs. Motocross Bikes Race

It’s not really a real race, but it still makes for a good watch

Forza Horizon 4 is ready to drop in a week’s time, and to celebrate the game’s coming release date, McLaren brought a Senna to the Goodwood Festival of Speed to race with not one, not two, but three 450cc Motocross bikes. The race itself was a sham — the three bikes took shortcuts on the grass wherever they could — but the purpose to build excitement surrounding Forza Horizon 4’s arrival is real. The game this stores on October 2 and will be available to play on the Xbox One and Microsoft Windows.

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2019 McLaren Senna

2019 McLaren Senna

The latest Ultimate Series is a track-ready tribute to Ayrton Senna

A successful race car builder from the 1960s to the 1980s, McLaren began making a name for itself as a road car manufacturer in the early 1990s with the F1. Launched with many benchmarks, including the first carbon-fiber construction, the F1 became one of the most iconic supercars ever made. It was so great that it took McLaren 15 years to gives us a predecessor, the P1, introduced at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Four years have passed, and the McLaren Ultimate Series is entering a new era with a brand-new supercar. Codenamed the P15 and in the rumor mill for a couple of years now, the McLaren Senna was unveiled on December 9, 2017, as the company’s ultimate road-legal race car.

A unique design that brings together styling cues from the P1, 720S, and new aerodynamic features, the Senna bears the name of F1 driver Ayrton Senna, who drove McLaren Formula One cars for six years, from 1988 to 1993.

While the Senna’s aggressive design and aerodynamics aren’t surprising, the fact that it’s not a hybrid comes as a bit of shock. With its predecessor sporting an electric motor, the new Ultimate Series was expected to have a similar layout. The same goes for the interior, which has a standard left-hand-drive configuration, despite prototypes that have a mid-mounted driver’s seat, like the old F1. But this doesn’t make the Senna a less spectacular supercar. On the contrary!

Update 8/27/2018: The McLaren Senna may be something of a unicorn to most of the world but we finally managed to catch up with it in the metal at Monterey Car Week 2018. Check out our video and all-new images below.

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The McLaren Senna, Chassis No. 001 Has Been Delivered; Will Call London Home

The McLaren Senna, Chassis No. 001 Has Been Delivered; Will Call London Home

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.

Continue reading for the full story.

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The first McLaren Senna shipped to the U.S. Is drop dead gorgeous

The first McLaren Senna shipped to the U.S. Is drop dead gorgeous

Joins a collection that already includes three McLaren supercars

Unveiled more than six months ago, the radical McLaren Senna is finally meeting its first customers. The British firm just shipped its first U.S.-spec example, which landed with Michael Fux, an entrepreneur, philanthropist and renowned car collector from New York City. An owner of three other McLaren sports cars, Fux ordered a heavily customized Senna that sports a bespoke color that bears his own name. Pretty fancy, huh?

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McLaren's Decision To Use The "Senna" Name Is Rooted in The Desires and Attention-to-Detail of the Three-Time World Champion

McLaren’s Decision To Use The "Senna" Name Is Rooted in The Desires and Attention-to-Detail of the Three-Time World Champion

There’s a reason why Ayrton Senna is considered as one of the greatest race drivers in history

McLaren’s decision to use the “Senna” name on its latest supercar didn’t come without any curious reactions. The British automaker had adopted a simple alphanumeric naming strategy for its models, so it was surprising for the automaker to not only change that strategy but to use the name of arguably the greatest race car driver in history on its latest supercar creation. Why exactly did McLaren do it beyond the obvious reason that it wanted to pay tribute to the man who won three world championships for the team? The answer, according to McLaren, is in the details.

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Don't Bother Looking For a McLaren Senna GTR Because They're All Sold Out

Don’t Bother Looking For a McLaren Senna GTR Because They’re All Sold Out

All 75 units now have owners

The McLaren Senna GTR is a shining example of what happens when a company attains the pinnacle of automotive engineering. To say that it’s one of the most impressive track-only vehicles in the world is an understatement. Apparently, people have been so impressed with the Senna GTR that over 150 of them have expressed interest in paying the £1 million price ($1.4 million) for the track-day speedster. Unfortunately, McLaren only plans to build half of that total, and as expected, all 75 units of the Senna GTR are now accounted for.

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2018 McLaren Senna GTR Concept

2018 McLaren Senna GTR Concept

The radical Senna is going racing in 2019!

It’s been only three months since McLaren unveiled the Senna as a successor to the P1, and the British firm has already confirmed that it will build a GTR version of the supercar. The announcement was made at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, where McLaren also unveiled a concept version of the upcoming track car. Called the Senna GTR, it follows in the footsteps of the P1 GTR as a track-only vehicle built in very limited numbers.

The GTR was unveiled only a couple of months after McLaren chief Mike Flewitt said that the firm wants to race the Senna at Le Mans. This version of the GTR won’t be able to do that due to existing FIA regulations and the fact that it’s being designed as a customer car, but McLaren will use the lessons it learns from this model to develop a proper Le Mans entry. But, before that happens in 2020, the production version of this concept car will arrive in 2019. Let’s find out more about it in the review below.

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The Geneva Motor Show Is Where The Fastest Of The Fast Strut Their Stuff

The Geneva Motor Show Is Where The Fastest Of The Fast Strut Their Stuff

Looking for Earth-shattering output and a price tag to match? Then head over to Switzerland

If you ever need a reminder that yes, we are indeed living in a golden age of performance automobiles, just check out the list of debuts heading to this year’s Geneva International Motor Show. Specs and figures that would have been considered outlandish and silly just a few decades ago are now becoming the norm, as million-dollar, 1,000+ horsepower monster machines seem to litter the Palexpo convention center floor in 2018. Here are some of the highlights.

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McLaren Senna Goes Wild with GTR Concept in Geneva

McLaren Senna Goes Wild with GTR Concept in Geneva

Production model coming in 2019!

The new McLaren Senna supercar is so radical in terms of aerodynamics that it’s hard to believe the Brits can squeeze more out of it. But it is possible, and the Senna GTR Concept that the automaker just unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show proves just that. And, more importantly, McLaren just confirmed that the concept car previews a production model.

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2018 McLaren Senna 'Carbon Theme'

2018 McLaren Senna ’Carbon Theme’

Bare carbon-fiber goodness

Unveiled in late 2017, the Senna is the most radical supercar McLaren has built to date. Although it’s a bit less powerful than the P1, mostly because it doesn’t have an electric motor, the Senna surpasses everything the British firm has launched so far thanks to its extreme aerodynamics. And, it’s not just a benchmark for McLaren; it’s a big step forward for the entire supercar industry. The vehicle was named accordingly too, wearing the name of Formula One’s greatest driver, Ayrton Senna. With the Senna barely in production as of March 2018, McLaren has launched a limited-edition model called Carbon Theme.

Developed by McLaren Special Operations as part of five individual themes, the Carbon Theme is pretty much a bare carbon-fiber Senna. While this isn’t exactly new — the Senna itself is made of carbon-fiber almost entirely — this vehicle shows off its lightweight, composite construction with a transparent finish. The Carbon Theme also introduces the company’s new Hybrid Carbon Fiber wheels, which are made from forged aluminum and carbon-fiber, a design that makes them 10 percent lighter than the standard Senna wheels. Let’s find out more about it below.

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McLaren's Future Ultimate Series Cars Will Get Proper Names; Super and Sports Series Will Continue Numerical Legacy

McLaren’s Future Ultimate Series Cars Will Get Proper Names; Super and Sports Series Will Continue Numerical Legacy

It’s a long time in the making, but it’s still a welcome change

McLaren is adopting a name switch with its Ultimate Series models. Beginning with the Senna supercar, all future McLaren models under the Ultimate Series line will be given actual names. This new naming strategy will be strictly limited to this line, though, as future models under the Sports and Super Series banners will continue to be named alphanumerically.

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McLaren Senna to Race at Le Mans in a Couple of Years

McLaren Senna to Race at Le Mans in a Couple of Years

If the rules allow it, that is!

Launched in late 2017 as a successor to the P1, the McLaren Senna is the company’s most radical road-legal car yet. Not just superior to the P1 in almost every department, it’s one of the quickest supercars on the race track. At least that’s what McLaren claims. There’s no proof of the Senna skill at the track, but all the specs, performance figures, and the extreme aerodynamics seem to point in that direction. And McLaren wants to take things up yet another notch in the near future with a racing version.

Although it has yet to confirm it, the British firm is most likely developing a GTR version of the Senna. It will be here once production of the regular model, limited to 500 units, comes to an end, so it will probably take until late 2019 for that to happen. Much like the P1 GTR, the Senna GTR will be a race-spec model of existing Senna clients and part of the company’s customer program with racing events around the world. But while the P1 program was halted after the GTR, the Senna will become a full-blown race car for FIA events. At least that’s the plan.

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McLaren Senna Is Quicker than P1, Generates Incredible Downforce

McLaren Senna Is Quicker than P1, Generates Incredible Downforce

Top speed is lower though

When it unveiled the Senna back in December 2017, McLaren omitted some of the supercar’s performance facts. Needless to say, the Senna was downright spectacular even without those figures to run by, but McLaren just released a batch of new information that proves this supercar is as quick as it looks.

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McLaren Unleashes the Senna to Christen New Tech Center

McLaren Unleashes the Senna to Christen New Tech Center

Britih automaker’s new Carbon Composites Technology Centre will open in 2019

Now that the Detroit Auto Show is safely in our rearview mirrors, we can now go back to our regularly scheduled programming. To mark our return to the real world, McLaren threw itself a little housewarming party after the opening of its Carbon Composites Technology Centre in the UK. The special guest-of-honor was none other than the McLaren Senna, and in true form, the Senna did more than just show up and wave to the gathered masses, it actually performed a series of donuts in the company of a 1989 McLaren Formula One race car, the same car that was driven by Ayrton Senna, for which the car was named after.

The Senna’s presence inside the Carbon Composites Technology Centre wasn’t by accident, but a choreographed event by McLaren to use the supercar to leave a trail of fresh Pirelli tire rubber on the center’s new floor. It was, in the automaker’s words, a way to “christen it — McLaren style.” The company even recorded part of the Senna’s performance on video, and it is as glorious as it sounds.

To be clear, the Carbon Composites Technology Centre isn’t open yet. Nevertheless, the doors were opened to a select group of attendees with the intention of showing what the place will look like once it’s fully operational. For those who don’t know, the center will serve as ground zero for McLaren’s future carbon fiber tubs. This will be the place where they’ll be built beginning in 2019.

But that’s a story for another time. For now, check out the McLaren Senna getting its first public workout. By the looks of it, the supercar is all set to unleash its wrath into the world.

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Video: Production Version of the New McLaren Senna Caught in the Wild!

Video: Production Version of the New McLaren Senna Caught in the Wild!

This is what McLaren’s new pride and joy is supposed to look like

McLaren revealed the Senna hypercar last month to generally mixed reviews. Nobody was complaining about its power and performance capabilities because 789 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque usually come with “oohs” and “ahhs” along the way. What got people talking about the Senna in less-glorious terms was the car’s design. Some people loved it while others hated it. Well, if it helps, new photos of a black McLaren Senna has found its way into the Interwebs, and those concerns about McLaren being too cute with the Senna’s design can now be put to bed.

It’s true that a car’s color can mask certain design elements that would otherwise pop when combined with a flashy shade. That appears to be the case with the Senna. When it debuted in December, McLaren decided to use a red-orange paint scheme on the Senna. It’s not uncommon for McLaren to use this color — it’s done so to great success in the past — but using it did make the black elements on the body pop up, including the split hood that divides the two cooling vents. Some people thought it was an awkward look to a car that’s supposed to be all about radical aggressiveness.

The narrative changes dramatically when the Senna is dressed up in black, just like the first-production model that was recently spotted in the wild, and talked about by car personality Shmee in his YouTube channel. The all-black treatment blends everything together. Instead of seeing the Senna as a car with multiple panels and aerodynamic components, the whole body is streamlined in one color, making it look meaner, sexier, and far more aggressive than the red-orange unit that was used in the model’s debut.

I will admit that I’m still on the fence about the massive rear wing. I get the fact that its size is largely due to McLaren’s goal of making it aerodynamically quick as possible, but does it really have to sit that far out of the rear? I know McLaren did that to clear room for the Senna’s funky exhaust configuration. While I’m at it, McLaren didn’t need too cute with that design either.

In any case, the black McLaren Senna looks far better than the red-orange version. That much, I think, we can all agree on.

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Five Unexpected Facts about the McLaren Senna

Five Unexpected Facts about the McLaren Senna

Is the supercar market finally changing?

After decades of tremendous success in Can-Am racing and Formula One, McLaren built its first road car in 1992. It was the most advanced vehicle on the market back then, and it’s still among the best, despite being nearly three decades old. The Brits needed 21 years to launch a successor, which arrived as the P1 in 2013. Although built in significantly greater numbers (375 versus 106 unit), the P1 was short-lived, with production coming to a halt in December 2015. Exactly two years have passed, and McLaren introduced a new flagship model, the Senna. By far the most spectacular McLaren ever made, the Senna comes with a few surprising facts.

Despite numerous rumors about its three-seat layout and hybrid drivetrain, the Senna sports a traditional two-seat configuration and a gasoline-only powertrain. It’s also less powerful than the P1 hybrid. And while newer supercars tend to become more exclusive and expensive, the Senna is actually more affordable than the P1, and it will be built in greater numbers. It’s like McLaren is going against market trends, and that’s what makes all these facts a bit strange. Let’s have a closer look at the five most unexpected facts about the Senna supercar below.

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Putting The McLaren Senna's Power-To-Weight Ratio Into Perspective

Putting The McLaren Senna’s Power-To-Weight Ratio Into Perspective

Lining up the numbers, for science

While you certainly won’t find us complaining when automakers boast about crazy peak output figures and power-to-weight ratios, it’s always a good idea to put those numbers into perspective. Take the recently released McLaren Senna. Tagged with a name that pays respect to the legendary Brazilian racing driver Ayrton Senna, this machine is offered as the Woking company’s “most extreme” road car ever created. Not only does it have the most powerful engine to ever bless a street-legal McLaren, with 789 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque hitting the rear axle by way of a turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8, but its also the lightest street-legal McLaren ever made, tipping the scales at a scant 2,641 pounds thanks to oodles of exotic materials and motorsports-inspired construction. That’s the dry weight, by the way, not the curb weight. The end result is 658 horsepower per metric ton, or 598 horsepower per U.S. ton.

Impressive stuff, no doubt about it. That power-to-weight ratio bests even the mighty P1, which lays down 903 hybridized horses to motivate 3,075 pounds of dry weight, which calculates to 587 horsepower per U.S. ton. The iconic McLaren F1 is also defeated, producing 627 horsepower and tipping the scales with 2,425 pounds of dry weight, calculating out to 517 horsepower per U.S. ton. Meanwhile, the daily-driver oriented McLaren 650S Spider is left in the spec sheet dust, producing 641 horsepower with a dry weight of 3,020 pounds, which calculates as just 425 horsepower per U.S. ton

Of course, there’s much more that goes into making speed than a stellar power-to-weight ratio. Just as important (if not more so) is how that power reaches the pavement. For example, it’s a rather straightforward process to make 1,000 horsepower from a tuned 2JZ-powered Toyota Supra, but if you’re running all-season tires, all you’ll make is smoke. Traction, torque curves, aerodynamics… all help translate that ratio into real-world velocity, the stuff that really matters.

With that in mind, read on for the power-to-weight ratios of a few more high-end performance machines.

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A McLaren Senna Just Sold at Auction for $2.67-million

A McLaren Senna Just Sold at Auction for $2.67-million

That’s nearly three-times the McLaren-set retail price

The McLaren Senna, AKA McLaren P15, is finally here and – big surprise here – all 500 examples were spoken for. Well, that’s true except for one, chassis No. 193, which was recently sold at auction for a staggering $2.67 million. Considering the McLaren-set price of £750,000 (just over $1 million USD,) that’s some serious intake from the auction. The good news is that all of that isn’t going back to McLaren or one of the “assigned” owners of the Senna. Instead, the proceeds are being sent off to the Ayrton Senna Foundation, a foundation named after Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna da Silva that supports children in poor and developing countries.

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Meet the 2019 McLaren Senna – Track-Going Evil With a Hunger For the Road

Meet the 2019 McLaren Senna – Track-Going Evil With a Hunger For the Road

We’ll hand it to McLaren; it is extreme

The McLaren Senna, aka the P15, has finally arrived and it comes to the party toting a 4.0-liter V-8 that delivers 789 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque – the most powerful engine that McLaren has stuffed in a road-going supercar so far. But, it’s not just the power that makes this thing downright potent. See, the Senna is also the lightest road-going car built by McLaren to date (with the exception of the legendary F1,) tipping the scales at just 1,198 kg or 2,641 pounds – that’s less than the minimum curb weight for the 2017 Honda Civic, 2017 Subaru BRZ, and the BMW 3 Series. And, it’s no more than 300 pounds heavier than the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata. Sure, they are in a different class, but that’s the point. All told the car is so light that it has a power-to-weight ratio of 658 horsepower per ton – a staggering figure to say the least. Those are just the basics, though, so keep reading to learn more!

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ICYMI: The Next McLaren Ultimate Series, Code Named P15, Will Debut This Saturday!

ICYMI: The Next McLaren Ultimate Series, Code Named P15, Will Debut This Saturday!

Check it out at 7pm eastern time!

The next model to join the McLaren Ultimate Series, the McLaren P15, is set to make its debut on December 9, 2017, at 7:00 pm EST. It’s only been a month since it was first teased with nothing more than an image of the tri-exhaust setup and now we’re looking at another teaser along with word of when we will actually get our first look at the next track-focused road-going monster that is said to have sacrificed daily drivability for a more intensive driver experience. How that translates into a road-going car, we’re not sure, but it’s not like most McLaren owners drive their cars on a daily anyway, right? With that said, it will be the most extreme road-legal McLaren to date but is just the third of 15 new models that McLaren plans to unleash by 2022. For those of who haven’t looked at a calendar in a while, that’s just over four years away.

The next model in line is the BP23, which is also shrouded in mystery but will be the world’s first Hyper-GT. Our McLaren P15 article has some spy shots of a new McLaren, but at this point, things are so sketchy that we don’t know if it’s the P15 of the BP23 but either way, we’re not going to be disappointed that’s for sure. The P15 will be produced in limited numbers and will be the second model to take on the central driving position that was originally introduced by the legendary and record-setting McLaren F1. Is it going to be a true successor to the F1? We don’t know, but one this is for sure: It’s sure to be something we won’t soon forget. For now, take a look at both teaser images below, then check out our speculative review of the P15 with the few spy shots that we do have. Let us know what you think in the comments section too – we look forward to hearing from you!

Update 12/8/2017: This short article was updated with proper Eastern time zone format and a new title. Check back with us Saturday evening to get the scoop on the new McLaren Ultimate Series car

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Two New McLarens on the Way; McLaren P15 Teased

Two New McLarens on the Way; McLaren P15 Teased

The Ultimate Series is growing!!!

McLaren has thrown us all for a loop, announcing that the P15 is set to make its debut in the first months of 2018. More importantly, however, is the note that says deliveries of the already-sold-out supercar will begin prior to the debut of a third Ultimate Series model – one codenamed BP23 – that is billed as the world’s first “Hyper-GT.”

What in the world is going on here? McLaren has been quite shady lately, hasn’t it? Most of the world was expecting the P15 to be the world’s first Hyper-GT, and yet here we are finding out that it’s the BP23, a future model, that will sport that designation. Are our previously posted spy shots of a McLaren in camo really the P15, or are they of the BP23? Well, it’s hard to say, but I’ll talk more about that in the coming days. For now, let’s talk about the fact that the already-sold-out P15 has finally been teased, well if you consider exhaust outlets a teaser, that is. Of course, this does little in the way of filling us in with even the slightest information, but hey, it’s a start. In six months, we’ll know everything, so until then, we have to make do with the knowledge that it’s being billed as the “most extreme, track-concentrated, road car” that the British brand has ever designed. Usually, I would chalk that off as a lot of PR talk as I wiped the McLaren manjuice from my lips, but McLaren always delivers, and right on time, too.

The P15 will be produced in very limited numbers, just like the P1 and P1 GTR. It will be road legal, despite the focus of it being so track-concentrated. McLaren says it has gone so far as to sacrifice daily usability just to give the most intensive driver experience around a circuit. McLaren also says that the design is “brutal” and follows the company’s philosophy of “form follows function.” Keep holding your breath if you want to know more, but don’t worry, you’ll only turn 30 different shades of blue – McLaren has promised more details and the cars official name by the end of the year. Sounds like an exciting Christmas present, don’t you think?

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McLaren Just Built a Three-Seat 720S to Preview its Successor to the P1

McLaren Just Built a Three-Seat 720S to Preview its Successor to the P1

The F1’s innovative interior makes a comeback in this crazy mule

While the McLaren P1 was a fantastic supercar in just about any department, many die-hard fans felt that it missed an essential feature: the three-seat layout of the iconic F1. McLaren apparently took note of this complaint and confirmed that its next hypercar will have three seats and the driver will sit in the middle, just like in a Formula One car. Described as a hyper GT and often referred to as the BP23 or the P15, McLaren’s new flagship is still a mystery as far as design and drivetrain go. But the Brits just unveiled an early version of its cockpit in a modified version of the 720S.

Earlier today McLaren posted a photo on Facebook showing a 720S supercar wrapped in swirly, black and white camouflage. Nothing out of the ordinary if you ignore the wrap, but things become a bit unusual when you look at the windscreen and notice the driver and the steering wheel placed in the middle of the cockpit. Another image, this time from the inside, shows the mule being driven on a race track, once again with the driver sitting in the rather unusual position for a road-legal vehicle. Although McLaren didn’t have much to say about it, it’s pretty obvious that we’re being given a sneak peek of the upcoming supercar’s interior.

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The McLaren Senna was introduced in 2018 as a 2019 model that serves as the third edition to McLaren’s Ultimate Series. It is preceded by the McLaren F1 and McLaren P1, however, it’s not considered a direct successor to either. The Senna name was used as a tribute to the Brazillian Formula One driver Ayrton Senna who was quite successful with the McLaren Formula One Team from 1988 to 1993, winning three Driver’s Championship titles and 35 Grand Prix race wins. Believe it or not, McLaren Automotive actually holds the rights to the Senna Family name.

The 2019 McLaren Senna is based on the McLaren 720S, albeit it with a modified version of its carbon fiber monocoque and engine. That 4.0-liter turbocharged engine is good for 789 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, all of which is shunted through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. According to McLaren, the Senna is capable of hitting 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 2.8 seconds, 200 km/h in 6.8 seconds, and 300 km/h in 17.5 seconds. Its claimed top speed is 340 km/h or about 211 mph. It has a power-to-weight ratio of 659 horsepower per ton and can run the quarter-mile in as little as 9.9 seconds in the right conditions with the right driver behind the wheel.

At the time of launch, the Senna had an MSRP in the U.K. of £750,000 or about $1 million at current conversion rates. Not that it really matters as only 500 examples are slated for production, and all of them were spoken for before it was even officially launched at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.