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  • [NEWS] Form Follows Function: The McLaren Senna

    McLaren reportedly was working on another Ultimate Series, it was called the P15 and here it is; it's called the McLaren Senna, a tribute to one of their best racing drivers, Ayrton Senna. As a Senna fan, hats off to McLaren for honouring the legend by naming their most hardcore road car after him.

    While the name is all well and good, the McLaren Senna looks rather, erm, questionable, at best. The front end has gigantic splitter and canards, which doesn't look as good as you'd think. The side profile looks really odd, as if the front half was a blend of the 720S and 675LT, and the rear half looks like it was from a race car stuck onto the front half.

    Not to mention the rear-end looks as if McLaren's designer was doing this on a Friday and they had forgotten to design the rear-end and they did this in a hurry and then they went off to the pub.

    Well, that said, there's still a lot going on underneath this car; the new 4.0L V8 is kicking out as much as 789 horsepower, making this the most powerful road car that McLaren has ever made. In comparison, the McLaren F1 had 618 horsepower, and the P1 had "just" 727 horsepower from the V8 - excluding the electric motor - and the P1 weighs in at 1.5 tonnes, the Senna weighs just around 1.1 tonnes. Jolly good, then.

    The Senna has “race-derived” double-wishbone suspension, plus McLaren’s RaceActive Chassis Control II hydraulically-linked dampers, meaning that a mechanical anti-roll bar is unnecessary and the Senna would probably be far more comfortable than most other track-focused road car.

    Meanwhile, the inside is...well, empty. There's a screen, a start button, and some switches for the gears, and a steering wheel and...that's about it, really. Partly to save weight and partly to remove any distractions for the driver, since driving a 789 horsepower does require a lot of attention.

    Here's the thing: we love the name, we love the performance figures, we love the interior, and we're sure that this is going to be an incredible car, but honestly it just looks so terrible, horrendous, and dare we say, disgusting. We get it, form had to follow function with this car, but then why not just make it a track-only car?

    Anyway, if you're still interested then it'll set you back £750,000. There's only 500 available so you might want to get on the phone now.