McLaren Senna, named after the biggest Formula 1 legend Ayrton Senna, only had 500 units built and the last one has just been sold post an intensive bidding at a private auction. The most extreme road car to date from McLaren Automotive, the Senna has been designed, engineered and developed with the single-minded purpose of being the ultimate McLaren track car legalised for the road. Revealed only a couple of days ago, the last of the 500 build allocations was discretely held back to be auctioned at an annual event for passionate devotees of the McLaren brand and its cars. With guests believing that every example of the new McLaren Senna had been allocated, excitement was palpable when the surprise auction was announced. Fierce bidding saw auctioneer Max Girardo kept on his toes before the gavel fell at £2,000,000 (approximately Rs 17.22 crore) excluding taxes – more than three times the UK list price of the new McLaren Senna.
“The McLaren Senna is the personification of McLaren’s motorsport DNA, designed without compromise to excel on a race circuit, but legalised for road use,” explained Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive. “Only 500 will be built and to raise such a significant sum at auction for a cause as worthy as the Instituto Ayrton Senna – the foundation that cherishes the legacy of one of McLaren’s greatest Formula 1 racing drivers – is both a genuine pleasure for McLaren and a testament to the desirability of our new Ultimate Series car.”
Ayrton Senna was a legendary Brazilian Formula 1 racing driver renowned for his exceptional powers of concentration and single-minded focus on being the best on the track. Read all about Ayrton Senna here
With a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine producing 789 bhp and torque of 800Nm – the most powerful road car internal combustion engine ever created by McLaren – and a lightest dry weight of only 1,198 kg, the McLaren Senna is ferociously quick. More importantly, the aerodynamic qualities and RCC II RaceActive Chassis Control hydraulic suspension of the car ensure that it has incredible circuit ability: the ambition for the McLaren Senna is for it to be the best road-legal track car, setting a new benchmark for track prowess.
“Our family is extremely proud of the naming of the new Ultimate Series McLaren. This is the first project that really connects with Ayrton’s racing spirit and performance and the McLaren Senna honours my uncle because it is so utterly dedicated to delivering a circuit experience that allows a driver to be the best they can possibly be.”