Aryton Senna’s lengthy and distinguished racing career was highlighted with three Formula One Championships for McLaren in 1988, 1990 and 1991. Regarded as one of the greatest Formula One drivers of all-time he was also frequently recognized by his peers as one of the most influential. Even after his life ended while leading the San Marino Grand Prix in 1994, Senna’s legend has continued to grow. Now, with the introduction of the 2019 McLaren Senna, his competitive spirit lives on.
The 2019 Senna is the start of a new generation of McLaren hypercars dedicated to pushing the limits and designed in recognition of the racing legend. This is a motorcar that has resulted from exceptional competence, fierce dedication, and simple and persistent hard work. It is an automobile that like championships, is hard-earned.
The 2019 Senna, at just 2,850 lbs. is McLaren’s lightest production car since the F1. At its core is the remarkably strong but low weight Monocage III chassis. A carbon fiber shell over the Monocage seems to have been designed by the wind itself. It carefully and artfully moves the air over, around and even through its aerodynamic body.
McLaren’s obsession with weight management and precision engines produce unparalleled power and performance. The Senna’s 4.0 liter, V-8 engine generates 789 horsepower, 79 more than the impressive 720S. With a top speed of 215 mph, the 2019 McLaren Senna can slingshot from a standstill to 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds.
Its lightweight design and muscular power plant make downforce a priority and the engineer’s at McLaren have responded. When placed in “Race Mode” the front axle lowers by 1.5 inches and the rear by 1.2 inches. The 2019 Senna’s wings are adjusted hydraulically, continuously increasing downforce and adjusting drag. It can even be used as an air brake when firmly stopping. Twin airfoils under the headlights work in harmony with the wing to maintain optimum axle balance. Larger, wider rear wheels and tires add to the almost menacing appearance. Drivers may need to be reminded that yes, the 2019 McLaren Senna is street legal.
Inside, the traditional instrument cluster tucks away in Race Mode revealing a secondary cluster to improve vision and to minimize distraction. Other than this unique feature, the interior of the Senna is all business, like Aryton himself. Racing inspired controls are straightforward and no-nonsense. Those in search of opulence will have to look elsewhere. This is a hypercar on a mission. It is built to perform.
The 2019 McLaren Senna is one of a kind. A unique piece of aerodynamic artwork. It is designed for a select few with an unrelenting quest for excellence. Listen closely to hear if it might be speaking to you.