Way back when, there used to be far fewer brands creating exorbitantly priced super cars, and most of the finest specimens came from Italy. Nowadays, though, there are many specialist brands building criminally fast hypercars that cost the deficit of some small country’s budget.
McLaren is one of the notable brands, revered especially for their track-focused builds that perform impeccably, focusing less on form and more on function.
Their latest hypercar is the Senna model – named after the late, great driver Ayrton Senna, a racer that many fans consider to be one of the best, if not the best, to ever have raced. It’s fitting, then, that this McLaren is the most powerful that the company has ever built, boasting a 588kW power output in a body that weighs a shade less than 1,200kgs; and furthermore, their aim is to make it the best road-legal car money can buy in terms of its performance.
Of the 500 Senna models that will be produced, priced at £750,000 (around R12.7 million), 499 of them have already been reserved – while the last one was auctioned off for £2m, which was raised for the Ayrton Senna Institute. Senna’s namesake charity supports underprivileged kids in Brazil and is a heartfelt sentiment from the McLaren brand, meaning that the doubled price-tag on the final one is going to a worthy cause.
Keep an eye out in the upcoming months for the Senna’s Nurburgring time – because the engineering that has gone into it is likely going to mean it will storm the track and set some records.
If you want to find out more about the technology packed into the Senna check out McLaren’s official page.