The 789bhp, 590lb ft machine was conceived as a road-legal track car with the intention of making it the fastest McLaren yet around a circuit. With some modifications — the car features continually active aerodynamics and adjustable ride height, neither of which is currently permitted in most leading racing championships — it could be readied for competition use.
“I certainly could conceive racing [the Senna],” McLaren Automotive chief executive Mike Flewitt told Autocar. “I genuinely cannot confirm anything at the minute but we are working on a plan.
“The way it is designed from an aerodynamic perspective, and the sheer balance of our cars, would be very, very competitive. You could never say outright that you’d go and win, but we wouldn’t go in with any other intention.”
Although the £750,000 Senna sits within the most exclusive tier of McLaren’s model line-up, the Ultimate Series, an unusually generous allocation of 500 examples will be built from this autumn.
By comparison, only 375 examples of the previous Ultimate Series model, the P1, were produced, plus 58 track-oriented GTR versions, and the next Ultimate Series car, the BP23 grand tourer, will be limited to just 106 cars. The production run of road-legal Sennas might have been set at a higher level in order to homologate it for race use.