RE: Ayrton Senna tribute McLaren P1 GTR

RE: Ayrton Senna tribute McLaren P1 GTR

Friday 21st December 2018

Ayrton Senna tribute McLaren P1 GTR

The GTR gets a boost in power and downforce along with iconic MP4/4 livery in dedication to Senna's first title



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. Chassis number 12 – chosen because it was also the number used by the legendary driver – has been christened ‘Beco’, Senna’s nickname among friends and family.

With a title like that, the car has to do the man justice, so Beco’s hybrid powertrain has been enhanced to offer, according to the unnamed GTR’s owner, “a suitably pleasing” increase in power. McLaren hasn't revealed the numbers, but it’s not like the GTR ever needed more grunt; as ‘standard’ it has 1,000hp from its combination of electric motor and twin-turbo 3.8-litre V8. Beco’s bettered powerplant comes nestled within modified engine bay shrouds and beneath a 24ct gold heat shield and Lexan rear cover.


More power demands more downforce, so chassis 12 gets larger rear wing endplates which, aside from helping it manage air more effectively, draw comparison with the MP4/4’s simple but oh-so-effective rear end aerodynamic design. There are also new front dive planes and a wider nose splitter, too, while bigger bargeboards and a rear gurney flap help to shove air around the side of the car. The result should be to help this GTR top the standard car’s ability to pull 1.54 G laterally.

Slip inside and you’ll be greeted by a pair of bespoke ultra lightweight bucket seats, equipped with headrests featuring the Senna logo and carbon sills displaying one of Senna’s most famous quotes, “I am not designed to finish second or third, I am designed to win”. He did that a lot in 1988, didn’t he, pipping archrival and teammate Alain Prost to the title with eight wins to the Frenchman’s seven... There’s also an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel with red stitching and Senna branding, as well as a matching crash helmet for the GTR’s lucky owner.

We shan’t guess how much this bespoke commission cost because, frankly, the sky's the limit, but expect it to have commanded a hefty premium over the GTR’s £2 million starting price; it took 800 hours to paint the car for crying out loud. MSO managing director Ansar Ali goes so far as to call Beco a “landmark achievement” for the division. Given that the base product his team have improved on was none other than a P1 GTR, we suspect few would argue with that!






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driftingphil

Original Poster:

74 posts

84 months

Thursday 20th December 2018
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simply stunning!

Iamnotkloot

228 posts

84 months

Thursday 20th December 2018
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Looks good; stratospheric pricing and rarity means I'll never buy it or even see it, though.

Turbobanana

1,211 posts

138 months

Thursday 20th December 2018
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driftingphil said:
simply stunning!
I'll fight you for it...

Oldwolf

403 posts

130 months

Thursday 20th December 2018
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To my eyes that colour scheme is very complimentary to the shape. I don't dislike the standard P1 GTR but this does evoke a little bit of lust!

Muzzer79

2,549 posts

124 months

Thursday 20th December 2018
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I find it a bit tacky.....
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Blanchimont

3,572 posts

59 months

Thursday 20th December 2018
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Please make all of these available in 4k!

wab172uk

1,146 posts

164 months

Thursday 20th December 2018
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Now that looks great.

Now if they can do PCP deal for less than £500 per month, I'll have one.

Gus265

151 posts

70 months

Thursday 20th December 2018
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Love it! Presume its not roadworthy by the looks of it as would be hilarious to drive to the local shops!

don logan

2,165 posts

159 months

Thursday 20th December 2018
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This is what I expected the "Senna" to be like!

vincegail

2,006 posts

92 months

Thursday 20th December 2018
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Gus265 said:
Love it! Presume its not roadworthy by the looks of it as would be hilarious to drive to the local shops!
You can have Lanzante turn it into a roadlegal car, when you bring along a big bag of cash.

epom

6,017 posts

98 months

Thursday 20th December 2018
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Wowzers, that's a beauty.
Cant wait for the P1 GTR Beco green edition, and then the blue edition..... and then the yellow edition with Senna stubble on the front, then the brown one complete with Senna curly hair roof.

Reciprocating mass

5,264 posts

178 months

Thursday 20th December 2018
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Hasn’t the p1 not been made for some time now ?

frayz

996 posts

96 months

Thursday 20th December 2018
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Marlboro livery and Sennas name slapped on a P1GTR with a bit more poke...

Whats not to like? biggrin

cuda

404 posts

177 months

Thursday 20th December 2018
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Squeezing every last pip out of the Senna lemon...

redroadster

817 posts

169 months

Thursday 20th December 2018
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Next a 570 senna for January ,then Feb a track pack senna and maybe in march open top versions for summer months don't miss a trick new models every month all based on same tub engine let's max out profit margins.

fblm

15,534 posts

200 months

Thursday 20th December 2018
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Oooof. That looks as right as the Senna looks wrong.

RyanTank

2,774 posts

91 months

Thursday 20th December 2018
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Now that's more like it! not that abomination the named after him.

Interestingly, why not do this to an actual Senna as opposed to a GTR that's almost 4yrs old now? perhaps the livery wont work on its shape?

Striple

83 posts

78 months

Thursday 20th December 2018
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RyanTank said:
Now that's more like it! not that abomination the named after him.

Interestingly, why not do this to an actual Senna as opposed to a GTR that's almost 4yrs old now? perhaps the livery wont work on its shape?
from the gist of the article, it reads like an actual paying customer chose this rather than being a Mac decision.

Looks epic, wonder if anyone will ever see it driven on track?

rastapasta

455 posts

75 months

Thursday 20th December 2018
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I'd say Marlboro are delighted with this

Streetrod

6,350 posts

143 months

Thursday 20th December 2018
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It looks great but I call bullst on the 800 hour paint job, that’s working 40 hours a week for 20 weeks. As someone who has painted numerous cars in the past, a lot way more complicated than that one they are taking the mick with these numbers.

It’s a simple two colour paint job, with added graphics that would have been produced using stencils