McLaren unveils unique P1 GTR to honour Senna’s ’88 championship

McLaren unveils unique P1 GTR to honour Senna’s ’88 championship

McLaren unveils unique P1 GTR to honour Senna’s ’88 championship

That figure was already 82 hp higher than the standard P1, so we have to imagine the Senna P1 GTR makes close to 1,000 hp, if not more.

One unnamed individual is responsible for the auto you see here.

To celebrate 30 years since Ayrton Senna won his first Formula 1 World Championship title, McLaren Special Operations has created a bespoke P1 GTR that gets a performance boost, as well as an iconic red and white livery inspired by the Brazilian's dominant MP4/4 racer.

For the current McLaren, including the part of the company in the business of making cars for private buyers, Senna is an icon.

The bespoke McLaren P1 GTR is finished in the colours of Ayrton's Marlboro sponsored McLaren MP4/4. The owner of the P1 was inspired by Senna from a young age and wanted to outfit the auto as one tremendous salute to the late racer's achievements.

McLaren unveils unique P1 GTR to honour Senna’s ’88 championship
McLaren unveils unique P1 GTR to honour Senna’s ’88 championship

The project to build the auto spanned three years with the owner overseeing every detail of the project.

The side of the auto also features Senna's logo, the Brazilian flag and the bar code associated with the Marlboro sponsorship the vehicle carried at that time.

McLaren says that it took more than 800 hours to paint and finish up the exterior of this P1 GTR, a task which including adding Senna's 1988 race number "12" on the nose, bespoke 30th anniversary laurels behind the side windows, as well as discreet branding to acknowledge multiple McLaren technical partners, both past and present. Style isn't all this auto offers; it also has more downforce and power than a normal P1 GTR. Given that the base product his team have improved on was none other than a P1 GTR, we suspect few would argue with that! On the outside the auto gets a new aero package which increases downforce to an extraordinary 800kg.

With such a fitting tribute for Ayrton Senna, the owner of the special P1 GTR made a decision to christen the P1 GTR with the name "Beco" (with the full blessing of the Senna family). The engine bay has received a new 24-carat heat shield and enhanced engine shrouds. McLaren and the owner are both mum on exact power specs, but the owner has said the auto has a "suitably pleasing" increase in power.

The car's interior has also seen an overhaul - with a Senna logo featuring on the Alcantara-trimmed steering wheel plus the headrests for the carbon-fibre bucket seats taken from the McLaren Senna hypercar.

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