Friday, 22 March, 2019

McLaren launches Senna edition P1 auto

This McLaren P1 GTR celebrates Senna's first F1 championship McLaren launches Senna edition P1 car
Troy Mann | 21 December, 2018, 23:44

Other than the paint job, unique features on this P1 are a 24-ct gold engine heat shield; a Lexan rear engine cover; and modified engine bay shrouds.

The special P1 GTR made its debut on Tuesday and it's not simply a special graphics package, as thoughtful as the design is.

Sharing the same Beco nickname that Senna's parents bestowed upon him (with the permission of the Senna family, of course), the auto also comes with a custom helmet matched to the bespoke livery.

The new customer-comissioned project marks 30 years since Ayrton Senna's dominant 1988 championship, and therefore uses the Marlboro livery most associated with McLaren's two-decade period of highly competitive machinery.

McLaren's most recent hypercar is called the McLaren Senna and was officially launched earlier this year, marking the same anniversary as this special edition P1 GTR.

To handle the extra power on the track, MSO also overhauled the car's aerodynamic profile.

Places cushion over lap
Places cushion over lap

More MP4/4 touches inside the special P1 come in the shape of a steering wheel whose stitching is colour-matched to that of the F1 auto. MSO increased downforce to as much as 1,700 pounds with new front dive planes, a wider front splitter, and a Gurney flap at the rear.

But the eye-catcher is undoubtedly the exterior.

McLaren commemorated the 30th anniversary of Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna's first championship with a P1 GTR wearing the same livery as that of the auto that carried him there: the MP4/4. The owner of the P1 was inspired by Senna from a young age and wanted to outfit the auto as one tremendous salute to the late racer's achievements.

The auto was commissioned by a McLaren collector and completed over a period of three years for an undisclosed fee. The P1 GTR's nose wears Senna's 1988 racing number 12, and one-off 30th-anniversary laurels sit behind the windows.

The interior wasn't left out of the thoughtful touches, either. Senna's signature and his famous "designed to win" quote adorn the carbonfibre tub itself. It's not just the distinctive paint scheme that includes a nod to Senna, as Brazilian flags don the doors, along with distinctive Senna badging throughout the vehicle.

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