2019 McLaren Senna Review; 750.000 Pounds For 800 Horses!
A track car with license plate and lights. 2019 McLaren Senna had only one goal during the design: performance. Here price, interior and technical details
McLaren has always been a brand that has produced famous supercars to be used even for everyday use. With the McLaren Senna, all this has been completely distorted in favor of a car that makes the performance its most intimate objective.
Only the license plate and the headlights make it clear that McLaren’s latest creation is also approved to run freely on the road, but it is clear that it is not at all its ideal battleground. Not for the engine, which in this configuration can unleash 800 horses and 800 Nm of torque, but for all that is below the “skin”: the frame, the suspensions, the featherweight.
Only 1,198 kg the total weight of a car that takes the name of the pilot Ayrton Senna, measured dry and therefore not count the liquids on board. Basically, this 2019 McLaren Senna is the lightest car produced by the British brand by the historic McLaren F1. This fact has not affected the performance or the structure in general but has even more extreme the concept of pure performance.
2019 McLaren Senna Engine Specs; 800 Hp and 800 Nm
Having 800 horses and 800 Nm of torque with such a low weight is already a guarantee – we are talking about 668 horses per ton – but at McLaren they kept the rear wheel drive to let the cavalry unload on the ground, assisted by an automatic transmission with seven marches. On the other hand, McLaren Senna is based on the architecture of the McLaren 720S, from which it started to develop the carbon fiber Monocage III chassis, which is the most extreme ever produced by the signature of a supercar for a road car.
The engine is centrally mounted, a 4-liter V8 Twin-Turbo that is credited in turn as the most powerful engine and internal combustion ever launched by McLaren, but to handle excellent performance – or perhaps excessive in some respects – there has been a work of impressive aerodynamics. It is not for nothing that a new generation of active front and rear wings must handle the aerodynamics in every situation, but in fact every element of the body paneling – strictly in carbon fiber – is designed to allow greater downforce along with the double rear wing, against the which engineers have been advised not to get exhausted gases from the Inconel and titanium terminal. In some cases, like the rear extractor, aerodynamics and cooling functions work in combination: the extraction of air from the lower part of the car is ideal both for “attacking” the car on the ground better and to remove the hot air.
A car like the 2019 McLaren Senna is clear that being deliberately inspired more to the track than the road, undergoes the slidely hidden will to have electronic controls as invasive as possible, to allow the pilot to “play” the best between the curbs. Meanwhile, those lucky enough to be able to drive this extreme supercar will be able to enjoy a sound created by a mix of frequencies studied ad hoc: from gear changes to resonances of carbon panels, clearly passing through the discharge shade, everything is thought to enhance the pure and metallic sound.
As a good car that follows the modernity, even the McLaren Senna can be managed through selectable driving modes, which now prefer a parameter now another to try to sew the car system on the driver. The peculiarity is that through the switches on the central console are selectable only the modes Comfort, Sport, and Track, while the more extreme Race has a dedicated button on a panel under the roof, like a kind of plane. The latter mode is still a characteristic of the Seine, unlike models like the McLaren 720S, which stiffens the suspension to the extreme, lowers the center of gravity and the overall height of the car from the ground.
However, the suspensions are all interconnected in a hydraulic way, so as to regulate in real time those that are parameters such as compression and extension, clear tentacles of electronics that “read” data from a series of sensors and try to maintain constant the car’s performance in every driving situation: everything is possible thanks to two independent valves for each shock absorber, while the car’s overall stiffness and preload are managed separately by McLaren’s K-Damper system.
2019 McLaren Senna Interior, being inspired by the track, partly penalizes the comfort to which perhaps a normal McLaren buyer is accustomed because they are missing those that are superfluous accessories always to try to limit the weight as much as possible. From this point of view, even the steering wheel buttons have been reduced, there are simply none, as well as all the main information the driver needs are displayed on the McLaren Folding Driver Display. Then there are also the rims that have allowed to reduce the weight, so much so that there is only an option available and even provides the central monodado directly inspired by the world of competitions.
To keep glued to the ground this 2019 McLaren Senna thinks about the Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires, tires developed thanks to a synergy between the tire brand and the Manufacturer just to equip this extreme car. All in all, only 500 lucky buyers will be able to take home a car like that, unique in its kind and that marks a real reference within the McLaren price list, as this is the limit of production imposed. The price? Clearly important in turn: 750,000 pounds are to be paid out, not much!