McLaren will be taking its incredible new Senna model to the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland next week. The 588kW hypercar will be created in five different themes, and one of them, the “Carbon Theme,” has been revealed in some official images just published by McLaren.
As you would expect from the name, there’s a lot of carbon fiber going on here, and the interior echoes the theme by using a Carbon Black Alcantara trim. On the outside there are no less than 67 Visual Carbon Fiber parts, which the British sports car manufacturer says took nearly 1 000 hours to produce.
These parts are then further accentuated by the use of Solar Yellow and Laurel Green detailing, which is an obvious but tasteful nod to the F1 legend the car is named after, who always wore a helmet decorated in the colors of his home country of Brazil. The car itself costs £750 000 (R12 225 000), but choosing the Carbon Theme adds a further £300 000 (R4 890 000) to that not-inconsiderable price tag.
That’s not all though, because McLaren can also fit a set of ultra-lightweight MSO 7-Spoke Hybrid Carbon Fiber wheels as another optional upgrade, if buyers wish. These stunning center-lock wheels boast a forged aluminum and carbon fiber construction, which means compared to the standard wheels they reduce the weight by 10 percent and rolling inertia by 10 to 15 percent. This inevitably helps to improve the acceleration, braking and steering response of the car.
Ansar Ali, McLaren’s Special Operations Managing Director said of the car, “The McLaren Senna customers in the process of specifying their own, personalized cars are almost without exception commissioning an elevated level of MSO content, so we are definitely appealing to our target audience. With the car having generated so much interest since its unveiling in December, we knew we needed to produce something very special in order to showcase the unique talents of McLaren Special Operations.”
What was perhaps more interesting in the press release about the Carbon Black Senna was a snippet saying McLaren would make a “surprise announcement” at the Geneva Motor Show. Considering the pricing and exclusivity of the Senna, and the fact the production run of 500 is already sold out, it’s hard to imagine the company announcing more units will be produced. At least we won’t have long to wait to find out as the show opens next week. – AFP Relaxnews