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Is This McLaren’s Upcoming BP23 Three-Seater Hypercar? 7
Posted by Andreas Tsaousis in DRS, Film, Hybrids, IPAS, mclaren, McLaren F1, McLaren P1, McLaren Senna, McLaren Videos, video on 01 7th, 2018

Even though it has increased its range considerably in just a few years and having just announced that it posted record sales in 2017, McLaren is not resting at its laurels but is preparing a new hypercar that will belong in its Ultimate Series.

Code-named BP23, for Bespoke Project 2 with 3 seats (perhaps the Bespoke Project 1 was the Senna), it is the spiritual successor to the iconic F1, which also featured three seats and a central driving position. It also held the world speed record from 1992, with 240.1 mph (386.4 km/h), until 2005, when the Koenigsegg CCR upstaged it, posting a 241.63 mph (388.87 km/h) v-max.

Now, McLaren itself has already shown us a couple of images of a camouflaged prototype with chief tester Chris Goodwin, who has since moved to Aston Martin, at the driver’s seat. It also stated that it will be the Grand Tourer of the Ultimate Series, and at the same time “the fastest ever McLaren”, though we don’t know if this includes the Senna or not.

Anyhow, a prototype that looks a lot like the one Woking has posted was recently captured on video. It was, unsurprisingly, covered in camo and, as the description says, lacked a third seat, which could mean that it is an early, 720S-based test mule, which makes sense, as the production car isn’t expected until 2019.

Like all McLarens, the BP23 will use the MonoCage carbon fiber chassis, most likely in an evolved form, and since it’s an Ultimate Series, we figure it will be powered by a hybrid powertrain, just like the P1, comprising of the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 that made its debut in the 720S along with an electric motor for a total output in excess of 1,000HP.

We also expect the latest iteration of the company’s electrohydraulic suspension that does away with roll bars, plus the Formula 1-inspired Instant Power Assist System (IPAS), which gives an instant boost in acceleration via the electric motor, and Drag Reduction System (DRS) that were introduced in the P1.

The BP23 will be produced in just 106 examples, all of which are already spoken for, and in all likelihood will be launched with a different name. Being a three-seater, we have a hunch that its designation will include the F1 moniker in some way, though this is just our guess. Pity they have wasted used the Senna name already, isn’t it?


McLaren Senna Spotted In Gas Station, Doesn’t Look That Bad In Black 6
Posted by Joel V. Patel in mclaren, McLaren Senna on 01 6th, 2018

The McLaren Senna, a 798-horsepower (800PS) hypercar that just happens to be street legal, was unveiled earlier last December with some impressive figures. But more than a few people, including us, thought it was too ugly to do justice to Ayrton Senna’s name, especially when compared to other hypercars on the market.

The automaker didn’t give the Senna a fighting chance, either, as the first pictures of the hypercar revealed a ghastly orange and black paint job that, somehow, made all those curves, scoops and edges look disconnected, as if different teams who didn’t talk to each other designed different parts of the car.

Since then, more images have come out, but the hypercar still isn’t doing it for us. However, this all-black one that Luke Papworth, an automotive photographer and YouTuber, spotted at a gas station has us rethinking the way we feel about the Senna. The black paint scheme manages to hide some of the hypercar’s busy lines and makes it look that much more menacing.

The photos, which were posted onto Papworth’s Instagram account, hampshirephotography, were taken at a gas station. With only 500 units of the Senna scheduled for production and Woking planning to start building them in the latter half of this year, managing to snap a few pics of one refueling is a rare opportunity.

While McLaren is still keeping some of the Senna’s specs to itself, it claims the hypercar is the most extreme street-legal car to wear the brand’s badge. All 500 units of the hypercar are spoken for already, with the automaker auctioning off the last unit for £2 million (roughly $2.67 million). Taste is, of course, highly subjective, but for us the old adage that you can’t go wrong with black certainly applies to the Senna.


The Latest Hypercars Would Make Awesome Le Mans Racers 26
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Aston Martin Valkyrie, Ferrari LaFerrari, Koenigsegg Agera, Le Mans, McLaren Senna, Mercedes AMG Project One, Motorsport, Porsche 918, racing, Renderings on 12 26th, 2017

It had a good run, but today’s LMP1 class is all but completely dead – killed by a gradual bleeding of its vital participating manufacturers. It’s time, in short, for the FIA and ACO to rethink of what the top tier at Le Mans and the World Endurance Championship should be composed. And looking at these renderings, we’re convinced that the latest crop of hypercars would be just the ticket.

Illustrated by Marco van Overbeeke and shared both on Behance and Drivetribe, these images show what the most extreme road cars would look like if converted to a revived GT1 specification.

GT1, for those who don’t recall, was a more extreme class of (barely) road-derived racers that formed both the top tier at Le Mans in the late 1990s and the backbone of the successive FIA championships from 1993 through 2012. It yielded such legendary cars as the Porsche 911 GT1, Mercedes CLK GTR, McLaren F1 GTR, Maserati MC12, and Aston Martin DBR9 – each world-beating champions in their own right, casting a long shadow even over the LMP1 prototypes and GTE racers that have taken their place at either end.

It would take a special breed of machinery to revive their spirit, but these race-converted hypercars could do just the trick – encouraging the most exotic automakers to showcase their machinery, and giving fans something more tangible to root for.

Overbeeke’s conceptual lineup includes race-converted versions of the Mercedes-AMG Project One, McLaren Senna, Aston Martin Valkyrie, Porsche 918, Koenigsegg Agera RS, and Ferrari FXX-K Evo. Who knows, maybe Bugatti could be tempted to take part as well with a competition-spec Chiron (looking like its Vision Gran Turismo concept), and Toyota to shift its program based on the LMP1-inspired supercar concept it has coming. It’d make a fitting opportunity for Lamborghini too, if the costs could be kept low enough for the VW group to justify multiple programs (like it did with Porsche and Audi until recently). What do you say, racing fans?

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McLaren Senna Gives Aftermarket Wheels A Virtual Shot 21
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in mclaren, McLaren Senna, new cars, Renderings on 12 21st, 2017

Somehow, we don’t think the new limited production McLaren Senna will end up being a poster child of the aftermarket industry, but try telling that to the Photoshop community.

Sketched by RukTechnology and shared on social media, the Woking beast tries on a set of larger ADV.1 wheels, with a multi-spoke pattern and a dual-tone finish that matches the rest of the bodywork.

Speaking of which, you can probably tell by now that this McLaren Senna sports a special paint combo, with two shades of grey, and blue accents applied to the lower area. The latter is the dominant color inside too, where it has been digitally applied to the seats, dashboard, and even the steering wheel, from what we can tell from the rendering.

Despite its controversial design, all 500 units of the McLaren Senna have been spoken for. Each owner had to pay £750,000 ($1,004,490) in Britain for the hand-built machine, and now they have to wait until the end of next year to take delivery, as production will kick off in the third quarter of 2018.

Op-Ed: New McLaren Too Ugly To Do Justice To Senna’s Name 13
Posted by Andreas Tsaousis in mclaren, McLaren Senna, new cars, Opinion on 12 13th, 2017

Last year, during the press conference at the launch of the 570GT, McLaren’s people talked about their future products, among which they promised “a surprise” – and none of the journos attending the event managed to guess what it would be.

As it turns out, it was the Senna hypercar that was revealed on December 9. A big surprise, indeed, as no one saw that one coming, but not necessarily a good one.

When it was launched, the otherwise very competent MP4-12C received lots of flak for its uninspired looks. McLaren’s designers obviously listened and their subsequent models were much more special.

Which brings us to its latest hypercar that’s named after the late Ayrton Senna, who many consider as the greatest Formula 1 driver of all times.

Now, beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but to this editor’s eyes, the Senna is the ugliest thing to ever come out of Woking. There’s no doubt that it’ll be amazing to drive, but perhaps, when they were penning it, they took the “form follows function” dictum at heart a tad too much.

Thus, the end result might produce tons of downforce and boast blistering performance, but its looks are so incongruous even a mother would have trouble calling it beautiful.

I have no doubt that every scoop, air intake and what-have-you serves a purpose and that it will be a blast to drive, especially on a track. I also think that McLaren’s own P1, for example, looks way better, and I’m baffled why they would grace this particular car with Senna’s name. Of all the monikers they could come up with, they chose that of the most iconic F1 driver for what, to my eyes at least, is just plain ugly.

Checking out the comments section, I discovered that I am not alone, as a great number of our readers agree, with some comparing it with VeilSide’s kit for the RX-7 or the Gumbert Apollo.

At least they gave it a decent, hypercar-worthy, interior. Still, even if it breaks the ‘Ring record or beats all of its hypercar rivals in comparison tests, there’s no way around the fact that something named after Senna deserved a much better design.

As for a lesson in how a company does justice to Ayrton’s name, just check out Ducati’s superbikes that not only go like stink, but look delicious, too.

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Watch McLaren Sell The Last Senna For £2 Million 12
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, mclaren, McLaren Senna, McLaren Videos, video on 12 12th, 2017

McLaren did more to honor the late, great Ayrton Senna than naming its latest hypercar in his memory. It’s also donating a portion of the profits from each car sold to the Ayrton Senna Foundation. But one of them has raised more for the charity than all the others.

Though 499 of the 500 examples of the new McLaren Senna were sold before the vehicle was even revealed to the public, the final one was reserved for a charity auction.

As Shmee150 highlights in this video (via Motor1), the 500th Senna was sold during the McLaren Winter Ball at the company’s headquarters in Woking for an astonishing £2 million – plus taxes, working out to roughly $2.67 million at current exchange rates.

That’s a heck of a lot more than the £750,000 for which each of the other 499 examples was sold, and the entire sum is earmarked towards the foundation started by Ayrton’s sister to benefit underprivileged children in developing countries.

The Senna isn’t the first supercar we’ve seen named after a famous racing driver. McLaren itself produced the Stirling Moss-edition speedster of the Mercedes SLR. Bugatti named both the Veyron and the Chiron after drivers from its illustrious past. Ascari was named after the first two-time F1 world champion. Emerson Fittipaldi recently launched his own brand of supercars. And the Pagani Zonda, lest we forget, was originally supposed to be named after Juan Manuel Fangio.


New McLaren Senna Is A 798HP Street-Legal Hypercar For The Track 10
Posted by John Halas in featured, Galleries, Geneva Motor Show, mclaren, McLaren Senna, McLaren Videos, new cars, Top 5, video on 12 10th, 2017

McLaren has finally introduced its long-anticipated hypercar, which we came to know under its P15 internal codename over the past year, as the Senna. It’s not exactly a direct replacement for the P1 as it will sit next to the brand’s upcoming three-seater BP23.

The latest and newest member of McLaren’s Ultimate Series carries the name of legendary Formula 1 driver, Ayrton Senna, who won all three of his F1 driver titles with the team in 1988, 1990 and 1991.

Why would I want one?

If its name or visceral racecar looks aren’t a good enough reason, then perhaps the fact that McLaren itself describes the Senna as the brand’s most extreme road car ever – and yes, despite being developed primarily for the track, it’s completely street-legal, could tip the scales to its favor.

“The McLaren Senna is a car like no other: the personification of McLaren’s motorsport DNA, legalized for road use but designed and developed from the outset to excel on a circuit,” says McLaren boss, Mike Flewitt. “Every element of this new Ultimate Series McLaren has an uncompromised performance focus, honed to ensure the purest possible connection between driver and machine and deliver the ultimate track driving experience in the way that only a McLaren can.”

The Senna’s ultra-lightweight construction, with a carbon fiber chassis that’s a further development of the 720S platform and body panels, help it achieve an incredibly low dry weight at just 1,198kg (2,641lbs), making it the brand’s lightest road car since the iconic McLaren F1. For those of you keeping track, that’s around 220kg or 485 pounds less than the already lightweight McLaren 720S.

Beyond the aero-honed teardrop shape, the Senna gets a slew of extreme, latest generation front and rear active aerodynamics, which McLaren says, raise downforce and aero control to an “unprecedented level”. We could talk about the aero blades that will be available in various colors, the movable flaps hidden in the air intakes, but the most visual drama comes from the massive rear wing.

What makes it tick?

Powering the Senna is a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 placed behind the driver mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that turns the rear wheels. It produces 800PS (789bhp) and 800Nm (590 lb ft) of peak torque, resulting in a power-to-weight ratio of 668PS/650HP-per-tonne.

The Woking company won’t say how fast it is yet, simply stating that it will have “savage performance”. Still, a 0-60mph (96km/h) in 2.5 seconds or less and a top speed of over 200mph (320km/h) should be expected from the most powerful road-legal McLaren ever.

Putting all those horses on the tarmac is a revised version of the P1’s independent double-wishbone suspension with hydraulic adaptive dampers and anti-roll bars that McLaren names RaceActive Chassis Control II (RCC II).

The adaptive dampers are interconnected hydraulically, both left to right and front to back, with two valves per damper to independently adjust for compression and rebound. The stiffness of the Senna is separately controlled using a kinetic roll system, or K-damper. In addition to the Comfort, Sport and Track settings we’ve seen on the P1 and 720S, the Senna also gets a newly developed Race mode. The latter introduces a lower ride height, lower centre of gravity and significantly stiffer suspension.

McLaren says the braking system of the Senna is the most advanced it has ever made for a road car (you’ve probably noticed a pattern here), using carbon ceramic discs and motorsport technologies. The Senna rides on bespoke Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires that were designed for race tracks but approved for road use.

“The McLaren Senna delivers true performance, all the way to the limit of a driver’s ability,” says McLaren Ultimate Series boss, Andy Palmer. “With a truly astonishing power-to-weight ratio, this car is about performance that is accessible and attainable, yet at the same time exciting and challenging for the very best drivers in the world – and with an intense, sensory experience to match.”

Tell me about the cabin

Before you enter the car, you have to operate the top-hinged doors that are constructed from carbon fiber and feature two-piece glass side windows with a fixed top part and a smaller opening section below. McLaren says the glass layout enhances the sense of space inside the cockpit, but if you want to go to extremes, you can switch the lower portions for carbon fiber panels, in which case, the interior will be a darker place.

The cabin itself is an ode to minimalism offering the bare essentials. That means super lightweight seats with hardly any padding, while many items such as the door handles, engine start button and window switches have been positioned on the roof. The three-spoke steering wheel is free of buttons and switches, while a very simple and narrow screen in front of the driver informs about engine revs, the gear selected and speed. All other information and settings comes from the high-definition McLaren Folding Driver Display and central infotainment screen.

Good luck trying to carry anything other than a couple of helmets and racing suits as storage space is restricted to a chamber behind the seats.

Can I afford it?

Probably not, but even if you did have the £750,000 it costs in the UK with taxes at your disposal, and which comes to around $1 million at today’s rates, all 500 hand-built cars have been spoken for. The last example was sold in an auction for £2 million or $2.7 million with the proceeds to benefit the Senna Foundation.

We’ll have the opportunity to see the new Senna in the flesh at next year’s Geneva Motor Show in March. Production of the car will begin in the third quarter of 2018.


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First Images Of New McLaren Senna Track-Focused Hypercar 9
Posted by Brad Anderson in featured, mclaren, McLaren Senna, new cars, Reports, Top 5 on 12 9th, 2017

Images have just leaked online which show McLaren’s recently-announced P15 hypercar, officially dubbed the McLaren Senna.

Set to premiere in full in just a couple of hours, the McLaren Senna is the latest model in the Ultimate Series family of models. Reports claim that the Senna will be powered by an upgraded version of the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 of the 720S, outfitted with bespoke internals and new turbochargers. It should deliver roughly 789 hp.

Underpinning the Senna will be McLaren’s Monocage II carbon fiber tub, ensuring that the hypercar weighs less than 1,300 kg. This should result in a power-to-weight ratio that easily eclipses that of the hybrid P1.

These leaked images showcase the hypercar’s curious design. Up front, it takes obvious design inspiration from the 720S, with similar headlights but a more pronounced splitter. Elsewhere, we can see that the P15 has transparent panels in the doors, a glass canopy and a small roof scoop. Additionally, there is a towering rear wing with swan neck uprights and a set of center-locking wheels. Odd is an understatement.

Just 500 units of the McLaren Senna are apparently scheduled for production.

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