McLaren gave the first Senna owner a day he won’t soon forget.
If you spent over $1 million on a rare hypercar, you’d never really want to drive it anywhere, would you? Maybe the occasional track day. Most of the time though, it would sit in a garage, likely under a cover. In the case of the very first McLaren Senna, however, that wasn’t the case. And boy, are we glad for that.
The special recipient of McLaren Senna #001 was David Kyte, a British businessman and longstanding enthusiast of the brand. “I committed to buying a McLaren Senna as soon as I became aware that McLaren was developing the car,” he said. We originally reported on the new McLaren Senna when it was announced back in December, but customer deliveries are just now taking place. The very first example was christened in a special ceremony at the McLaren Technology Center in Woking, England.
Delivering the car was none other than McLaren’s CEO, Mike Flewitt. “Handing over the key to the first customer McLaren Senna built was an honour for me and a milestone for the company,” he commented in a statement. From Woking, Kyte embarked on an 870 mile (1,400 kilometer) journey to Circuit Paul Richard, near Marseille, France. He wasn’t alone, however – as a convey of five McLarens also took part in the trip. Among those cars were two other Sennas, as well as a McLaren 720S and McLaren 600LT. Among the drivers were Bruno Senna – nephew to the legendary Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna – McLaren COO Dr. Jens Ludmann and McLaren Ultimate Series Vehicle Line Director Andy Palmer.
Making the first McLaren Senna even more special
Before it went to its new owner, the first of McLaren’s new hypercar series received some special treatment from McLaren Special Operations (MSO). Unique features include its Anniversary White paint with livery painted in Aurora Blue and the “Senna” brand emblazoned on the rear wing. There are also brake calipers finished in Burton Blue as well as Volcano Red wheel nuts, among other aesthetic touches. McLaren says the paintwork alone took over 600 hours to complete. Specialists took two weeks preparing to apply this McLaren Senna’s livery.
Inside, the car is swathed in Alcantara, and even has diamond-stitching with ‘S’ logos in the seats. There are also red carbon fiber control surrounds and Volcano Red door struts. All McLaren Sennas come with a 789 horsepower 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 with 590 lb-ft of torque. Obviously, that makes for a stunningly fast car, but this isn’t Kyte’s first experience with a fast McLaren. This weekend, he’ll compete in the Pure McLaren GT Series, using his McLaren 570S GT4.
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