A McLaren Senna caught fire during a demonstration run at the Austrian Grand Prix over the weekend.
A video of the blazing Senna posted on Twitter shows flames and plums of smoke coming out of the car’s rear end as it lapped the Red Bull Ring circuit. The car was being driven by former McLaren Formula 1 driver Gerhard Berger who, upon noticing the flames, pulled over in the track-focused hypercar before track-side officials extinguished the flames.
The Senna in question is owned by well-known car Instagrammer Gercollector who took to social media to shed additional light on the incident.
Another Senna that just caught fire in Austria ? pic.twitter.com/1scHjrXXZV
— Earl Karanja (@Earlsimxx) June 30, 2019
“The quick responses by those involved prevented more than minimal damage to the rear right section of the vehicle which will now be transported back to McLaren for them to start an investigation as to the cause of the fire,” the owner stated.
In a statement issued to The Drive, McLaren confirmed that it was aware of the incident.
“McLaren takes any issues with its cars very seriously. We are communicating directly with the customer regarding the issue and cannot speculate or comment on the incident until more information is known.”
This isn’t the first fiery incident involving McLaren’s street-legal track car limited to just 500 units worldwide. In December 2018, the Senna owned by YouTuber Salomondrin caught fire and swiftly burned to the ground in the hills of Los Angeles. If this latest Senna caught ablaze anywhere other than a racetrack with fire marshals on standby, it could have suffered a similar fate.
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Before my inbox fills up with hundreds of messages, you may have seen that my McLaren Senna caught fire earlier today at the Red Bull Ring in Austria. The fire started during a parade lap with Formula 1 champion, Gerhard Berger behind the wheel and fortunately it was quickly extinguished by the Austrian marshals on site. Both the driver and passenger were able to quickly exit and are fine having stepped out of the car unharmed. The quick responses by those involved prevented more than minimal damage to the rear right section of the vehicle which will now be transported back to McLaren for them to start an investigation as to the cause of the fire.