McLaren describes the new Senna as its most extreme model yet.

Bearing the name of legendary Formula 1 driver, Ayrton Senna, it is the ultimate McLaren track car, legalised for use on the road.

At 1198kg the Senna is also lightest model since the iconic McLaren F1.

The 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 is its most powerful road going engine ever, with 588kW of power and 800Nm of torque.

A dual-clutch, seamless-shift, seven-speed gearbox delivers power to the rear wheels.

RaceActive Chassis Control II (RCC II) hydraulic suspension works in harmony with front and rear active aerodynamics and the ultra-rigid Monocage III to deliver an incredibly intensive experience on a circuit.

The Senna introduces a new generation of ground-breaking front and rear active aerodynamics, raising downforce and aero control to an unprecedented level to ensure the performance potential can be fully exploited.

Every element of the body design, from the front splitter to the double diffuser at the rear, has been developed to optimise downforce and aerodynamic balance, whether under braking, adjusting the throttle mid corner, or applying power on corner exit.

There is also an opportunity for added visual drama, with the front aero blades available finished in one of five ‘By McLaren’ theme specifications that include Azura Blue and McLaren Orange.

The same linked accent colour can also feature on the brake calipers, visible door gas struts and seat trims.

The third model to be introduced under the McLaren Track22 business plan, the McLaren Senna will be hand-assembled in England at the McLaren Production Centre.

Production will be limited to 500 vehicles, each costing from £750,000 including taxes (UK price) – sadly all have already been allocated.

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