MCLAREN SENNA

As­tound­ing cir­cuit per­for­mance made su­perbly ac­ces­si­ble

Autocar - - ROAD TEST -

With its 800 met­ric horse­power, 800Nm of torque and 800kg of down­force, Wok­ing’s new track-day im­mor­tal must surely have been on course, at one point, to be called ‘800R’. Who was it who dared to sug­gest that it might be wor­thy of as­so­ci­a­tion with Senna? And how much drive and in­spi­ra­tion did that de­ci­sion pro­vide?

It’s easy to be­lieve that the Senna’s cre­ators must have been in in­spired mood to have come up with such a com­pli­cated yet supremely clever, sin­gu­larly ex­hil­a­rat­ing driver’s car as this. A cynic might sug­gest this is pre­cisely the sen­ti­men­tal re­ac­tion that Mclaren had reck­oned on re­ceiv­ing for the Senna. But put a hel­met on that cynic’s head, give them 10 laps in this car on any cir­cuit you like, and you’ll likely find them cured of what ails them.

Con­fi­dence is ev­ery­thing in road-le­gal cars ca­pa­ble of race-car per­for­mance. So many of­fer the out­right grip and speed with­out mak­ing it ac­ces­si­ble. The Senna is dif­fer­ent. No other road-le­gal track-day car has such a fully re­alised blend of mind-blow­ing cir­cuit per­for­mance and ex­cite­ment, amaz­ingly tame driv­abil­ity and brain-fraz­zling driver re­ward.

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