30 years after the late Formula 1 legend’s first Championship win, McLaren Special Operations (MSO) has revealed a unique McLaren P1 GTR with the iconic Rocket Red and Anniversary White colours of Malboro – a brand synonymous with McLaren for more than 20 years.
Commissioned by a McLaren collector, the colours donned by the one-of-a-kind P1 GTR was first seen on the MP4/4 Formula 1 race car which Senna drove to the first of his three Formula 1 titles.
More than 800 hours were spent on painting and other details such as the “No.12” on the nose of the car as a tribute to Senna’s 1988 race number and the range of McLaren’s technical partners both past and present.
Named “Beco”, in honour of Senna’s given nickname by his parents, other details include the Senna Brand Trademark on the front splitter, the front of the air intake and each door, with the ‘Senna’ script and ‘Driven to Perfection’ slogan on the doors and intake.
There’s no mention of its performance figures but McLaren highlighted that its “unique engine specification” is complemented by a 24-carat gold heatshield to repel heat and a Lexan poly-carbonate rear cover.
New front drive planes, a wider front splitter, a rear Gurney flap, new barge boards and a rear wing with bigger endplates than those on a standard McLaren P1 GTR wing collectively increases downforce by up to 800 kg.
Inside, among the custom additions are Senna’s reproduced signature on the carbon fibre chassis sills, an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel and a Super Lightweight Racing Seats developed for the McLaren Senna.