McLaren Releases the Ultimate Track Weapon

The Senna is sure to be one of the most powerful rides both on and off the track.
McLaren Releases the Ultimate Track Weapon
The Senna is sure to be one of the most powerful rides both on and off the track.

British sports-car manufacturer McLaren is at it again! The automaker, famous for using racing technology to create some of the most popular and powerful sportsters in the world, is sure to be the talk of the town this holiday season thanks to the recent release of the all-new McLaren Senna.

Named after Formula One great Ayrton Senna, the Senna is the latest in McLaren’s Ultimate Series.

“It’s the most track-focused road car we have ever built,” the famed company has stated.

Thanks to its ultra-lightweight carbon-fibre construction, which weighs 2,641 pounds (without fluids), and its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, this track and street legal limited-edition sports coupe offers up to 789 HP and 590 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine, which is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, also gives the McLaren Senna a power-to-weight ratio of roughly 659 HP per ton.

This new supercar, the bodywork of which is focused on downforce and aerodynamic balance, pays homage to the three-time F1 world champion, who drove for the McLaren Formula One team from 1988 to 1993 before departing for Williams for the 1994 season, during which he tragically died in an accident at the San Marino Grand Prix.

The carbon fibre MonoCage III chassis featured in the McLaren Senna is the strongest ever built by McLaren for a road-legal vehicle. The track-focused race mode introduces a lower ride height, a lower center of gravity and significantly stiffer suspension. The carbon ceramic braking system is the most advanced ever fitted to a McLaren road car.

McLaren’s RaceActive Chassis Control II (RCC II) hydraulic suspension setup is used in direct connection with the already stiff carbon-fiber construction to deliver exceptional cornering ability. The system features a double-A-arm suspension with hydraulically interconnected dampers and hydraulically adjustable anti-roll bars. It also utilizes variable damping and ride height adjustment tech from the P1. The Senna also rides on specially developed Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires, and gets carbon-ceramic brakes at all four corners.

The McLaren Senna will make its official public debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, on March 6. To find out more about the McLaren Senna visit cars.mclaren.com/ultimate-series/mclaren-senna.

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