Published on December 16th, 2017 | by Subhash Nair


One remaining McLaren Senna raises £2 million for the Ayrton Senna Institute

Intensive bidding throughout a spirited auction at a private event for McLaren customers saw the final and one remaining build allocation for a new McLaren Senna raising an astonishing £2 million for underprivileged children and youngsters in Brazil.

Revealed to the world online at 00:01 on December 10, 2017, the McLaren Senna is the most extreme road car to date from McLaren Automotive. Designed, engineered and developed with the single-minded purpose of being the ultimate McLaren track car legalised for the road, the McLaren Senna is the purest expression yet of the McLaren ‘form follows function’ design philosophy.

The last of the 500 build allocations was discretely held back to be auctioned at an annual event for passionate devotees of the McLaren brand and its cars. With guests believing that every example of the new McLaren Senna had been allocated, excitement was palpable when the surprise auction was announced. Fierce bidding saw auctioneer Max Girardo kept on his toes before the gavel fell at £2,000,000 excluding taxes – more than three times the UK list price of the new McLaren Senna.

The indomitable spirit of Ayrton Senna has always been alive at McLaren – with whom he won all three of his Formula 1 World Championships – and the McLaren Senna will further amplify his global legacy and link to the McLaren brand.

The legendary Brazilian Formula 1 racing driver was renowned for his exceptional powers of concentration and single-minded focus on being the best on the track. The ambition is the same for the McLaren Senna, the driver hardwired into the dynamic experience the car delivers, every sensation that comes from driving at speed precisely communicated to ensure complete control.

With a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine producing 789bhp and torque of 800Nm – the most powerful road car internal combustion engine ever created by McLaren – and a lightest dry weight of only 1,198kg the McLaren Senna is ferociously quick. More importantly, the aerodynamic qualities and RCC II RaceActive Chassis Control hydraulic suspension of the car ensure that it has incredible circuit ability: the ambition for the McLaren Senna is for it to be the best road-legal track car, setting a new benchmark for track prowess.

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