The McLaren Senna is a 789bhp track-focussed McLaren Ultimate Series

The McLaren Senna is a 789bhp track-focussed McLaren Ultimate Series

The McLaren Senna is a 789bhp track-focussed McLaren Ultimate Series

As the purest track-ready McLaren yet, the carbon fibre chassis comes wrapped in what you could perhaps call function-over-form bodywork. Just look at McLaren's latest vehicle which was revealed in the Ultimate Series.

British sports-car manufacturer McLaren has announced its most powerful petrol-engined road auto ever, named after Formula One great Ayrton Senna. In addition, Ayrton Senna actually worked for a period of five years with McLaren.

McLaren aren't delivering any performance information yet, but it seems likely the Senna will hit 62mph in around 2.5 seconds and go round bends like it's on rails.

The shape of the Senna has been designed with aerodynamic efficiency and downforce in mind, with McLaren saying the vehicle will give "the most intense circuit experience of any road McLaren" as a result.

The auto, whilst road worthy, is mainly aimed at track running with the styling defined by aerodynamics over style, with huge cooling vents and air channels to increase downforce.

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McLaren will hand-build each Senna in Woking from later next year and provided you hurry up to reserve one of the limited-to-500 units worldwide and bring along a million dollars, or almost AED3.7 million, you can have one too.

The rest is all drama with transparent door panels, hydraulically activated rear carbon fibre wing, and plenty of contrasting exposed carbon fibre panels.

But this isn't a vehicle to take the place of the P1, it's sole aim being to get round a track quicker than anything else. Both cars will be produced in limited numbers - indeed, if you were clearing space in the garage on hearing the news, you'll be disappointed to learn that all examples of both new models have already been assigned owners.

The press release adds: "With downforce and aerodynamic balance the guiding principles, this vehicle is the purest expression yet of the "form follows function" design philosophy embraced by McLaren".

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