McLaren Senna Impresses Clarkson, Breaks Grand Tour’s Track Lap Record

Jeremy Clarkson jumped behind the wheel of the McLaren Senna in the season opener of The Grand Tour, which aired on Amazon Prime last week.

The British hypercar was taken to the Thruxton circuit in Hampshire, UK, where Jezza was gobsmacked by its performance, as you can see in the short video shared below.

Of course, that’s not a surprise. After all, the Senna’s 789 HP (800 PS / 588 kW) and 590 pound-feet (800 Nm) 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 will, officially, catapult the hypercar from naught to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 2.8 seconds, and on to a top speed of more than 200 mph (320 km/h).

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So, why didn’t they use the ‘Eboladrome’ for the review? As it turns out, the Senna was billed as too fast for it. However, it was eventually raced at The Grand Tour’s test track by the show’s pro racing driver Abbie Eaton, and it broke the lap record.

Besides reviewing the Senna, Jeremy Clarkson joined the other two co-hosts, James May and Richard Hammond, in Detroit to check out three tuned muscle cars. ‘Captain Slow’ turned up in the Hennessey Exorcist Camaro ZL1, ‘The Hamster’ brought a Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and Jezza chose the Ford Mustang RTR Spec 3.

In between driving to different locations, The Grand Tour trio discovered that Motor City has changed a lot these past few years. The also talked more about Detroit’s economy and tried to figure it out why today’s muscle cars are so affordable, in ‘Conversation Street’.


  • Beerad

    Grand Tour is one of the most entertaining shows we have seen in many a year. Of course we all wish Top Gear was still being filmed as before as they were great too. The 3 hosts, Richard, James, and Jeremy all worked well together and gave the viewer the feeling that this was about car enthusiasts who were also tight friends.
    Keep up the great work fellas, it works well.

  • Bash

    Ugly car, mesmerizing performance.

    • SteersUright


  • Pelopidas Georgiadis

    As I was reading this article, I lingered a bit more at the title: “McLaren Senna impresses Clarkson …”.
    Can somebody answer my question, please: Should, Mr. Clarkson not being impressed?
    I wouldn’t mind him being impressed and – naturally – it wouldn’t be a novelty on his side, if he weren’t (impressed). Knowing Mr. Clarkson’s controversial character and just so he creates a stir about his name – obviously he does not need that but that’s the way he operates anyhow – he could announce that McLaren Senna left him unimpressed.
    The problem here is not Christian Gnaticov’s meticulous job about the article, that’s not the point.
    The problem is to give step to any controversial character getting even more controversial.

  • Craig

    I was curious…. would you be sad or glad if the next Dodge Challenger went after something like this Mclaren instead of holding onto the past? FCA is obviously capable of making powerful engine.

    • SteersUright

      American sports cars are built around massive personality, exceptional looks, and big torque-y engines. If you get the basics right, I think most would love to see them follow the Corvette and Camaro’s strides in lightening up and becoming true driver’s cars as well, rather than just straighline machines.
      Imagine a Challenger, just as beautiful and dramatic as the current one, but scaled down a bit, down some 800lbs, and could actually handle very well? I’d love one, personally.
      I also hope they dont lose sight of the beautiful, affordable, big engine American sedan and thoroughly revamp the Chrysler 300C.

  • FlameWater

    Clarkson and the Top Gear track were made for each other, shame the BBC had to screw that up.

    • SteersUright

      Couldn’t agree more. Their attempt to appeal to a younger audience resulted in a show with a massively diluted personality, contrived, and really, seems like nothing more than trying it darnedest to outdo or beat the original by simply ratcheting up the same dated antics instead of anything truly fresh, new, and interesting.

  • SteersUright

    Too bad about the appearance of the thing. You’d have to start every conversation with, “well yes, but”.

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