2019 McLaren Senna
In a world crowded by limited edition supercars, the McLaren Senna truly stands apart from the rest. Its mission is simple: to deliver spectacular on-track performance thanks to its combination of active aero and active suspension, the likes of which are not even legal in GTE/GTLM race cars. Compared to these cars, which represent the GT class at Le Mans as well as in the US successor to ALMS, the Senna is 100 pounds lighter and has over 250hp more, this before even considering the active aero and suspension. This starts to give context to the awesome competence of the Senna, as well as its intended audience.
Indeed, writing for Road & Track, IndyCar driver JR Hildebrand described the Senna as “capable in ways that modern racecars could only wish to be. There’s no misunderstanding the McLaren Senna. It is not a road car. It’s not for the Texas Mile or hauling ass from LA to Vegas; for Cars and Coffee or Instagram. It’s not an evolution of the P1 nor is it the big brother of the 720S. It is the beginning of something new, ... a breed of hyper-focused hypercar built for an excessive experience rather than just excessive performance, free of anyone’s rules and regulations.”
While the Senna is road legal and this one is California licensed and registered, even a brief drive in the car makes its single-mindedness clear. While the phrase “race car for the road” is thrown around so often as to be meaningless, that ethos overpowers the occupants of the Senna while it is in motion. It is loud; you hear not just the engine and road noise, but the suspension and chassis going about their work as well. The focus on light weight is clear outside the car as well: the body panels and even the fuel flap feel pared down to the barest minimum. When the car is idling, the fenders vibrate visibly. While a 720S feels refined, civilized and as effortless to drive around town as a Toyota Camry, the Senna is raw, alive, and visceral, evoking the supercars that invented the genre in the 1960s and 70s.
This particular Senna is number 294 of 500 built. It is a one-owner car that has spent its entire life in California. Ordered by its collector owner (who has replaced it with the track-only Senna GTR), it is equipped with over $80,000 of options including 6-point harnesses (conventional 3-point inertia reel belts are also installed), satin carbon fiber sill panels, glass door panels, Bowers & Wilkins stereo, climate control, white paint (including on rear wing lower panel and both the A and C pillars), gloss exterior carbon fiber, silver brake calipers, and bespoke seats and steering wheel. The total MSRP was $1,044,313. Additionally, the car received whole body XPEL clearbra and ClearPlex windshield protection, installed locally by Protective Film Solutions at a cost of $12,000. The car recently received its first service at McLaren of San Francisco and has never had any accidents or paintwork. It is complete with window sticker, books, tools, warning triangle, fire extinguisher, first aid kit, battery charger, and car cover.