The ultimate track driving experience, named after what many believe to be the best driver of all time, and road legal with it. Yes, McLaren has set itself a very tall task with its latest Ultimate Series car, the Senna.
However, while we’re yet to test the Senna on the road, on the track it does indeed live up to all the hype that surrounds it, setting new standards for both its level of performance but also the intensity and involvement of the experience.
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It’s natural to be drawn to the Senna’s performance statistics, because any car that can reach 62mph from a standing start in just 2.8-secs tends to preoccupy the mind. Given it’s (dry) weight of 1,198kg, and the peak power output of 789bhp, it’s hardly surprising that the Seena possesses truly ferocious performance.
But while the Senna is defined by some spectacular numbers - try 800kg of downforce at 155mph for starters - it’s the cornering speeds and braking performance that really stick in the memory long after the drive has ended. We struggle to think of another car that feels so at home on the track, and can brake with the same power and stability.
Combine those attributes with a design that looks like nothing else - it looks much better ‘in the carbon’ than it ever does in photos - and it’s not hard to see why all 500 Sennas were sold out so quickly, despite the £750,000 price tag.