Renowned car collector and McLaren enthusiast Michael Fux put his incredible green McLaren Senna – chassis designation ‘002’ – on display at the Quail Motorsports Gathering
McLaren Special Operations (MSO) stole the headlines at Monterey Car Week this year, and one of its boldest interpretations of the extraordinary new McLaren Senna attracted the lion’s share of the attention as it took centre stage alongside the Senna GTR Concept.
With an extreme design shaped by cutting-edge active aerodynamics, the new Ultimate Series commands attention wherever it goes. For many American enthusiasts this was the first chance to see the McLaren Senna in the visual carbon fibre, and thanks to some stunning craftsmanship by MSO, this Senna is even more memorable than most.
Its owner, Michael Fux, is widely known for putting his personal design flourishes on highly bespoke commissions from McLaren, and his vast car collection includes a McLaren 12C and 12C Spider, a green P1™ and the creation he unveiled last year, the ‘Fux fuchsia’ 720S.
Mr Fux is renowned for his philanthropic exploits. His charity, The Michael Fux Foundation, has donated millions of dollars to help children with serious illnesses and their families by providing practical and emotional support and funding healthcare research.
His was the first Senna to arrive in North America, bearing the chassis designation ‘002’, but it’s the incredible bespoke details on the car that earned it a spot alongside the even more extreme, track-only Senna GTR Concept at The Quail Motorsports Gathering event.
The entire body is finished in a unique shade of emerald green, with the intricate weave of the carbon fibre construction used in the bodywork shining through. Comprising 67 different parts, the completed panels take almost 1,000 hours to produce. Polished alloy wheels with motorsport-inspired contrasting red and blue locking nuts complete the look.
Peering through the glass door and roof panels, the bright white leather facia, steering wheel, seat pads and ‘MSO’ monogrammed headrests all sharply contrast with the dark green carbon fibre of the lightweight bucket seats, dashboard and floating central screen, the California sunshine glinting off every detail in the material.
During the event, Mr Fux came over to the McLaren stand to admire his creation, but also had an unusual treat in the form of a personal key handover from Mike Flewitt, our CEO. At McLaren we pride ourselves on our relationship with our customers, but Mr Flewitt was also attending in an official capacity, there to receive an award from luxury US magazine Robb Report, given to the McLaren 720S. The ‘Best of the Best’ title it won was another accolade to add to the growing collection for the critically-acclaimed Super Series model.
McLaren Design Director Rob Melville, who attended Monterey Car Week and gave talks on our design direction to guests at ‘The McLaren Experience’, described his excitement at seeing the first customer cars on the road: ‘The Senna itself is standout, breath-taking. Now people have seen it out in the wild, driving around, it’s like seeing a lion going from in its cage to walking the plains.’ After seeing Mr Fux’s example, we couldn’t agree more.