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 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.
Don’t Bother Looking For a McLaren Senna GTR Because They’re All Sold Out
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.
McLaren Teases the BP23 Hyper GT, Promises a Debut Before the End of 2018!
We just reported that McLaren had filed the trademark paperwork for the McLaren GT name, and it dawned on us that, with all of the excitement of the Geneva Motor Show, we forgot to tell you about a trio of teasers that McLaren released as it boasted about its upcoming Hyper GT. Keep in mind, the upcoming car will feature a mid-seat design like that of the McLaren F1 and will, in fact, be even faster, passing the 243 mph threshold. McLaren probably isn’t going for any records here, so don’t expect it to be excessively faster, but it will go beyond the previous benchmark.
With that in mind, it will be the fastest McLaren ever built and is also being billed as the most luxurious. McLaren will only built 106 examples, and all were spoken for before it was even announced back in 2016 – now that’s the definition of high demand! McLaren plans to debut the new addition to the Ultimate Series by the end of 2018, but it will be revealed to customers before that happens. As usual, each model will be customized at the demand of each owner, and production is expected to begin before the turn of the decade.
Until that happens, or someone leaks some information – a pretty normal thing these days – check out the teaser images and some spy shots. That should certainly hold you over for now, right?
The McLaren BP23 Will Probably be Called the McLaren GT When it Goes Into Production
It’s no secret that McLaren is developing a follow-up hypercar to the P1. Internally, the model is called by its prototype designation, “BP23.” Externally, it could be called the McLaren GT, if a recent trademark filing by McLaren is to be believed. If the filing is accurate, it would put to bed any speculation on what the new hypercar is going to be called. I suppose we’re going to have to wait a little longer for the McLaren Hakkinen to arrive.
The Geneva Motor Show Is Where The Fastest Of The Fast Strut Their Stuff
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
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.
2018 McLaren Senna ’Carbon Theme’
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 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.
McLaren Senna Is Quicker than P1, Generates Incredible Downforce
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.
McLaren Unleashes the Senna to Christen New Tech Center
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.
Don’t Expect To See a McLaren SUV Anytime Soon
In a world where the Lamborghini Urus and the Aston Martin DBX exist, the thought of a supercar brand venturing into the realm of SUVs isn’t that far-fetched anymore. It’s not just Lambo and Aston, either. Bentley also has the Bentayga, Rolls-Royce has the Cullinan, and Ferrari has, well, something up its sleeve. McLaren, however, is resisting the urge to jump into that market. It’s said before that it has no plans to develop an SUV. That stance was reinforced recently by the company’s chief designer, Dan Parry-Williams.