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.
“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.