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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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Wallpaper of the Day: One-Off 2018 McLaren 720S by MSO

Wallpaper of the Day: One-Off 2018 McLaren 720S by MSO

It’s a McLaren, it’s a one-off, it’s the perfect wallpaper!

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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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Wallpaper of the Day: McLaren 570GT Sport Pack

Wallpaper of the Day: McLaren 570GT Sport Pack

2018 McLaren 570GT
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Wallpaper Selection of the Day: 1993 McLaren F1

Wallpaper Selection of the Day: 1993 McLaren F1

This legendary icon never strays too far from our hearts

1993 McLaren F1
Read our full review of the 1993 McLaren F1 or check out the gallery below for more wallpapers of this iconic beauty!

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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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Spied? Is This an Early Prototype of the McLaren BP23 Supercar and F1 Successor?

Spied? Is This an Early Prototype of the McLaren BP23 Supercar and F1 Successor?

McLaren’s latest hypercar project is taking shape

McLaren isn’t sitting pretty after unveiling the Senna hypercar last month, especially not when there’s another hypercar that’s waiting to be developed. We already know a few details about the car, including its codename, “B23,” and the fact that it will belong in the British automaker’s Ultimate Series lineup, joining the P1 and the Senna in that rarefied category. The BP23 is scheduled to debut sometime this year, but we’re getting an early look at it thanks to a video someone took when stumbling upon what could be it in the wild. In fairness, some suggest it could be a 720S testing winter tires or a 720S on a BP23 chassis. Oh, the excitement... check out the video below.

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McLaren F1 GTR Is More Than Just a Supercar, It's Also a Christmas Tree Transporter

McLaren F1 GTR Is More Than Just a Supercar, It’s Also a Christmas Tree Transporter

This is something you don’t see everyday

The McLaren F1 GTR is one of the most eye-catching supercars of all time. It’s a magnet for attention, and it’s capable of unfiltered viciousness on the race track. Apparently, it also makes for a handy car during the holiday season, as the owner of the UK’s most recognizable F1 GTR, Andy74b on Instagram, showed us in a recent video.

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McLaren Testing Electric Supercar; Production Model Still a Few Years Away

McLaren Testing Electric Supercar; Production Model Still a Few Years Away

Battery technology not good enough for supercar performance levels

The fact that McLaren is testing an all-electric supercar is no longer secret. With the P1 bringing the first hybrid McLaren on public roads and gasoline-electric drivetrain set to power half of all McLarens sold by 2022, a full EV is the next logical step for the British firm. According to its engineers, testing is now well underway, but McLaren is struggling to create a drivetrain that delivers track-capable performance. Specifically, the biggest issue is battery technology, which can’t yet provide the energy needed for fast laps at the race track.

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McLaren Finally Opens Dedicated Service Center for the F1 Supercar

McLaren Finally Opens Dedicated Service Center for the F1 Supercar

It was a long time coming, but F1 owners in the U.S. now have a go-to place to get maintenance work

When you have a car as important as the McLaren F1, the impetus is to do whatever it can to take care of it, even if it means shipping it to the UK for maintenance purposes. The distance and logistics of shipping the supercar are two of the biggest sources of headaches among F1 owners in the U.S. Fortunately, McLaren finally decided to open the country’s first ever dedicated service center for the almighty exotic. The center will be operated by McLaren Philadelphia but will function independently from the dealership’s main retail facility.

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McLaren F1 Ownership Doesn't come Cheap: Video

McLaren F1 Ownership Doesn’t come Cheap: Video

We’re talking about some serious cheddar here

In a video released by VineWiki Previous F1 owner, Bruce Weiner, goes into the detail of the maintenance costs associated with ownership. Now, naturally, you would have to expect that owning a supercar – especially one of the F1’s caliber at that time – would be costly, but we’re talking about the kind of money that fuels divorce, among other things. In the video, Weiner explains that something like replacing the fuel cell, which needs to be done every five years, will set you back roughly $100,000 – a price tag that doesn’t even include transport or specifics. The clutch? Well, that needs to be replaced every few years or at about 3,000 miles and even changing the tires will set you back $50,000. Of course, that money gets you all the bits and pieces that go along with tire changing on a race car – a day at the track, a driver, the mechanics on site, various insurances, and the necessary suspension tuning and balancing.

Now, whether or not it really is so expensive, really remains to be seen. Weiner paid out $1.2 million for his legendary beast. The owner before him had just paid about $300,000 to have it painted Volcano Orange (a nice choice if we do say so ourselves,) but what really raises the question is how well Mr. Weiner actually knew the car. After all, in the video, he says there were 63 road-going examples when there were really 64, and, in case you didn’t notice, that 6.1-liter V-12 built by BMW wasn’t an “off-the-shelf” engine. Sorry, Weiner, but that engine was built specifically for the F1 and wasn’t used in any other car.

With that in mind, even if it did cost that much to own, what can you expect. It was once the fastest car in the world, and its engine bay is lined in gold. This isn’t your wife’s Mercedes, and it’s not your every day BMW 6 Series. We’re talking about a race car built for the road. Nothing about it was going to be cheap. It’s too bad he let the cost of owning such a fine piece of automotive history ruin the fact that he was sitting on top of one of the greatest cars ever built. Check out the video for yourself below!

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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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