That’s How You Deliver Hypercars: McLaren Gives Senna #001 Owner The Royal Treatment

More than seven months have passed since McLaren officially introduced us to the Senna last December, but customer deliveries to their ecstatic owners only just started.

As far as bragging rights go, David Kyte, a British businessman and car collector, can happily claim fame to being the very first to get the track-focused hypercar in his hands.

This week, the Senna #001 was delivered by the brand’s CEO, Mike Flewitt, in a special ceremony held at the McLaren Technology Center, in Woking. From there, it embarked on a 1,400km (870mi) journey, accompanied by five other McLarens.

The convoy included a 720S and a 600LT, and their drivers were Bruno Senna, the nephew of the late Ayrton Senna, McLaren’s COO, Dr. Jens Ludmann and McLaren Ultimate Series Vehicle Line Director, Andy Palmer. As for the destination, this was Circuit Paul Ricard, near Marseille, in the south of France.

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“I committed to buying a McLaren Senna as soon as I became aware that McLaren was developing the car. So, long before the name was confirmed, but leaving the McLaren Technology Center after the handover ceremony was the first time I have actually driven one”, said David Kyte. “Now, with 1,400km covered, I’m delighted to report that as someone who rates driver engagement as crucial to driver enjoyment, the Senna has more than exceeded my expectations.”

Before getting ready to meet its owner, the McLaren Senna 001 was customized by MSO (McLaren Special Operations). It features a special Aurora Blue paint, Satin Visual Carbon Fiber for the T-Bar and fuel filler cover, roof ‘snorkel’, Burton Blue finished brake calipers, Volcano Red wheel nuts, and others. The paintwork alone is said to have taken more than 600 hours to complete, and two specialists devoted two weeks of their time before the livery was applied.

The interior of the hypercar is trimmed in Alcantara and complemented by diamond-stitching on the seats, ‘S’ logo embroidered on each headrests, red-tinted carbon fiber control surrounds, and other custom features.

David Kyte’s journey in France hasn’t ended, though, as he will compete in the Pure McLaren GT Series this weekend in his 570S GT4.

All Sennas come with a mid-mounted 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8, paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, producing 800PS (789bhp) and 800Nm (590 lb ft) of peak torque, resulting in a power-to-weight ratio of 668PS/650HP-per-tonne.

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  • Six_Tymes

    pretty awesome, even though i’m not a fan of the design, obviously it is an amazing piece of engineering. the livery hides the shapes and edges well, it makes the car look good.

  • Meskley
    • Smith

      Still an ugly paint job though!

  • lagunas3ca

    Nobody going to mention this “Aurora Blue” is a ripoff of the Bugatti Veyron L’Or Blanc?

  • Smith

    McLaren just get uglier by the day. They all look the same and are a very boring and unimaginative design. Boring as boring can be.

  • Smith

    There may be more than one person in the world called Andy Palmer.

  • DMax

    Now let’s wait for it to smash Lambo’s ring record.

  • enthusia

    So the first production senna is a rip off of a Bugatti? It doesn’t have the same significance as the L’Or Blanc had. They didn’t even seem to put much effort into interpreting the paint job to fit the car, it looks like they just copied and pasted the same curves and lines from the Veyron on to this car. It’s kinda embarrassing that McLaren would allow this.

    • Knotmyrealname

      Well, consider what you are saying. The customer ordered this ‘livery’. McLaren did what the customer specified, so don’t blame McLaren for the fact that someone did something similar. For example, how many Gulf paint jobs are out there?

      • enthusia

        No I get that, I just would have thought McLaren’s special operations would be more selective as to what requests they choose to bring to fruition. But I guess if you had enough money they would paint big breasted anime girls on your McLaren. Besides, Gulf liveries, and just racing liveries in general, is not the same as a unique, one-off Bugatti.

        • Knotmyrealname

          ….and don’t forget, money does not buy taste, or for that matter, humility.

  • Abhijeet Deshpande

    Did anyone notice the Brazil GP track layout on the hood? Weird huh!

  • RunningLogan

    Wasn’t a green one delivered first last week?

  • Love the paintjob, and yeah some of you mentioned the Bugatti, but I don’t really care who did who.

    • Smith

      Who cares who did who, they are both extremely ugly paint jobs on extremely ugly cars. You cannot make a pigs ear into a silk purse, they are still pigs ears.

  • Smith

    Ooh! How cool, you can’t say but you did, oooh. Who the h¢ll are you anyway, like anyone cares.

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