Car versus bike. The old rivalry has been played out many times, in many places, with many different outcomes over the years.

In the latest confrontation, to mark the launch of Microsoft’s Forza Horizon 4 for Xbox One and Windows PCs, the McLaren Senna took on not one, but three 450cc motocross bikes at the iconic Goodwood hill climb.

Driven by one of McLaren Automotive’s pro drivers, the 588kW twin turbo V8 powered McLaren Senna proved more than a match for the three Motocross bikes, hitting a top speed of 335km/h in the process.

Although the bikes were able to take a more direct route, straight up the hill, with a few jumps and tricks thrown in for good measure, in the end the bikes were no match for the McLaren’s incredible power and speed.

The McLaren Senna has been designed, engineered and developed with one purpose in mind.

It bears the name of legendary Formula One driver, Ayrton Senna, befitting its status as the ultimate McLaren road-legal track car.

With production of the car well underway at the brand’s home in Woking, more than 50 customers have now taken delivery of their McLaren Senna.

It’s not the first time Microsoft and McLaren have collaborated.

McLaren cars have been featured extensively throughout the Forza catalogue, including the McLaren P1 which debuted on stage at E3 2013 and was the cover star of Forza Motorsport 5.

It’s latest star, the McLaren Senna, is the most extreme road car McLaren has ever built and the latest model in the Ultimate Series.

Forza Horizon 4 is the highly anticipated sequel to 2016’s massive is a racing genre-first where players experience dynamic seasons and explore gorgeous scenery in a shared open-world.

Collect, modify, and drive over 450 cars, and play solo or team up with friends to race, stunt, and explore your way through beautiful and historic Great Britain.

Forza Horizon 4 Ultimate Edition is available from this Friday, September 28, four days ahead of the global launch on Tuesday, October 2.

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.