Automotive

Now there's a McLaren P1 GTR named after Senna, too!

Now there's a McLaren P1 GTR n...
With engine and aerodynamics upgrades, as well as a Marlboro-red paint job, this P1 GTR celebrates 30 years since Senna's first GP championship
With engine and aerodynamics upgrades, as well as a Marlboro-red paint job, this P1 GTR celebrates 30 years since Senna's first GP championship
View 8 Images
With engine and aerodynamics upgrades, as well as a Marlboro-red paint job, this P1 GTR celebrates 30 years since Senna's first GP championship
1/8
With engine and aerodynamics upgrades, as well as a Marlboro-red paint job, this P1 GTR celebrates 30 years since Senna's first GP championship
The rear wing has been modified with a gurney flap, larger end plates and some mini-wings beneath the main surface
2/8
The rear wing has been modified with a gurney flap, larger end plates and some mini-wings beneath the main surface
Modifications concentrated on the engine, the aeros and the appearance
3/8
Modifications concentrated on the engine, the aeros and the appearance
Built for a huge Senna fan, this P1 GTR received a "suitably pleasing" boost in power
4/8
Built for a huge Senna fan, this P1 GTR received a "suitably pleasing" boost in power
The car is festooned with Senna quotes ...
5/8
The car is festooned with Senna quotes ...
... and logos
6/8
... and logos
Adding significant downforce required a full aerodynamics program
7/8
Adding significant downforce required a full aerodynamics program
The P1's steering wheel looks like a playstation accessory
8/8
The P1's steering wheel looks like a playstation accessory

It's been 30 years now since Ayrton Senna won his first Formula One world championship, and that's all the excuse McLaren needs to foist another tarted-up P1 GTR onto its teetering pile of special editions.

Christened "Beco" – Senna's family nickname – this P1 GTR has been commissioned by a huge Senna fan and McLaren collector, who worked with the McLaren Special Operations group to specify and oversee the project.

The car gets a "unique" combustion engine specification and some gold heat shielding around the engine bay. Apparently in conjunction with the standard P1 electric powertrain, it delivers a "suitably pleasing" bump in power from the standard P1 GTR's 903 hp.

The rear wing has been modified with a gurney flap, larger end plates and some mini-wings beneath the main surface
The rear wing has been modified with a gurney flap, larger end plates and some mini-wings beneath the main surface

The new owner certainly likes sticking to the ground. His external modifications required a "full aerodyamic programme," including new front dive planes, a wider front splitter, and allegedly some new bargeboards along the sides. The rear wing also got itself an overhaul, with a gurney flap lip, bigger endplates and a pair of secondary mini-wings popping up beneath the main one. Apparently it's capable of giving you up to 800 kg (1,764 lb) of downforce at high speed on the track.

The paint job mirrors Senna's Marlboro-branded racecars of the day, the interior is schmicked up with plenty of Alcantara in matching colors, and the car is festooned with Senna logos and quotes.

The car is festooned with Senna quotes ...
The car is festooned with Senna quotes ...

It would be quite a touching tribute to the man, if McLaren hadn't literally built a whole car model and named it after the guy already. Hero Senna may be, but this horse has been flogged within an inch of its life. Still, big money people will do big money things, and both McLaren and the new owner seem proud as punch. So let's wish them a Merry Christmas.

Source: McLaren

0 comments
There are no comments. Be the first!