Auto: MacLaren Senna

HWM (Singapore) - - Contents - By Kenny Yeo

When you name your car af­ter ar­guably the great­est F1 driver of all time, you bet­ter be sure it is some­thing spe­cial.

The McLaren Senna is a de­par­ture from the com­pany’s ear­lier cars. While cars like the P1 and 720S were built to be us­able ev­ery­day su­per­cars, the Senna was de­signed to be an out and out track mon­ster.

To be­gin, it has no bat­ter­ies. In­stead, the Senna is powered solely by an in­ter­nal com­bus­tion en­gine, specically a twin-tur­bocharged 4.0-liter V8 that pro­duces 789hp and 800nm of torque. This might not sound like much. Af­ter all, cars with over 1,000hp are not un­com­mon these days. How­ever, the Senna makes up for it by weigh­ing a mere 1,198kg. To give you some idea how light it is, con­sider this: the P1 is over 300kg heav­ier at 1,547kg.

Ad­di­tion­ally, in con­trast to the P1, which is all about sleek and svelte lines, the Senna is highly an­gu­lar and is lit­tered with creases and aps. Oh, it also has an ab­so­lutely mas­sive wing and the most out­ra­geous rear di user we have seen on a car too. All of this is to gen­er­ate down­force and to keep the car planted around cor­ners at high speeds.

No word yet on per­for­mance, but we fully ex­pect the Senna to hit 100km/h from a stand­still in around 3 se­conds and on to a top speed of around 320km/h. Per­haps most amaz­ing of all is that de­spite its stag­ger­ing US$1 mil­lion price tag, all 500 units of the Senna have found own­ers.

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