The level of performance on offer from the McLaren Senna is self-evident from the numbers. The figures only tell part of the story because, from the genesis of the McLaren Senna’s development, there has been an overwhelming drive to reflect the innate feel that Ayrton Senna experienced with his race cars. Without this, the blistering performance cannot be exploited.
The McLaren Senna is the fastest McLaren road car ever around a racetrack, but these abilities go hand-in-hand with an intensely involving and immersive experience that puts the driver utterly in control.
True to the legendary abilities of one of McLaren’s greatest racers, every element of this Ultimate Series has an uncompromising performance ethos and a raw focus that delivers the purest connection between the driver and the McLaren Senna. This emotional and intuitive intensity comes from trust. From the ability of the driver to feel hardwired into the experience. Unparalleled feedback is key. An incredible connection with the road and track is paramount because to truly enjoy the sensation of driving at ferocious speed you need a machine that actively communicates its every intent, putting you in control. This is the McLaren Senna.
The McLaren Senna combines the revolutionary suspension technology developed for the McLaren P1™ with our latest control theory to create RaceActive Chassis Control II. Offering truly uncompromising performance, this innovative new hydraulic suspension features a Race mode, which significantly reduces the ride height, lowering the centre of gravity and increasing the power of the aerodynamics. The level of sophistication in the McLaren Senna is groundbreaking. The hydraulic suspension allows relative compliance at low speeds in Race mode, aiding mechanical grip. Then, as speeds increase, it stiffens, supporting the increasing aerodynamic loads that would otherwise cause the vehicle to ground out on the circuit.
The 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 at the heart of the McLaren Senna is the most powerful McLaren road car engine ever, producing 800PS (789bhp) and 800Nm (590lb ft), with 700Nm (516lb ft) of torque available at just 3,000rpm. Designated M840TR, the powertrain features race-inspired dry sump lubrication and a flat-plane crankshaft, and lightweight connecting rods and pistons to reduce mass in the powertrain. The distinctive roof-mounted ‘snorkel’ feeds air directly into a bespoke carbon fibre plenum set atop the engine. This ultra-efficient air pathway, together with low-inertia twin-scroll turbochargers and electronic wastegates, delivers instantaneous throttle response.
The braking system is the most advanced ever fitted to a McLaren road car. The next-generation carbon ceramic brakes utilise racing technology, and each disc takes seven months to create – seven times longer than a conventional carbon ceramic disc. The Formula 1™ inspired front calipers feature a super-stiff monobloc design and six ventilated pistons to reduce temperatures. A brake booster used on the track-only McLaren P1™ GTR enhances modulation and pedal consistency. The resulting braking performance is phenomenal: 124mph (200km/h) to standstill is achieved in just 100 metres, and less than 30 metres is covered when stopping from 62mph (100km/h).
A dual-clutch, seamless-shift, seven-speed gearbox delivers power from the mid-mounted engine to the rear wheels. Adopted from Formula 1™, Ignition Cut technology sees a momentary cut of the fuel spark during a gearshift for the fastest possible changes, and is accompanied by a dramatic aural ‘crack’ on both upshifts and downshifts. McLaren’s extensively developed transmission and software strategy has a launch-control function that delivers truly breathtaking straight-line performance. Acceleration from 0-62mph (100km/h) is achieved in 2.8 seconds, 0-124mph (200km/h) in 6.8 seconds and 0-186mph (300km/h) in 17.5 seconds. The standing quarter mile is completed in 10.0 seconds, and the maximum speed is 340km/h (208 mph).
Due to its extreme performance, the McLaren Senna features bespoke tyres developed in conjunction with technical partner Pirelli. The Pirelli P Zero™ Trofeo R tyres (245/35 ZR19 at the front and 315/30 ZR20 at the rear) are designed for dry racetracks, but are approved for road use to enable the McLaren Senna to be driven to the circuit. The asymmetrical tread pattern provides outstanding lateral grip and the special construction maintains cornering stiffness. Specific work has been undertaken on the compound to shorten braking distances, improve longitudinal performance, create a consistent reaction between the front and rear axles, and heighten on-centre steering response.
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