McLaren Special Operations has just unveiled a very special edition of the McLaren P1 GTR. This specific example of the race car was a bespoke commission designed to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Ayrton Senna clinching his maiden Formula 1 World Championship.
The customer who ordered this P1 GTR is actually a McLaren collector who says he was inspired by Ayrton Senna at a young age. His idea behind the commission was to create a tribute that “echoed the Brazilian’s trademark perfectionism,” according to McLaren Automotive.
Its exterior livery is meant to mirror the Marlboro design from Senna’s race car. In the front is the Senna Brand Trademark on the massive front splitter, as well as in the air intake and on each door. McLaren notes that more than 800 hours when into painting and getting the car to have the perfect livery to celebrate Senna.
McLaren has also made a few other modifications to the car that aren’t standard on P1 GTRs. There are new aero features that increase downforce to around 1763 lbs. These include the new front dive planes, the air front splitter, new Gurney flap, a 24ct gold heatshield and more.
The owner has named it “Beco,” which comes from the nickname that was given to Ayrton by his parents. Don’t worry, because the Senna family gave him the full blessing to name the car this way.
“This project has been a labour of love for MSO; with extensive engine and aerodynamic enhancements in addition to the distinctive cosmetic treatment this car has received, this is certainly a landmark achievement.” – Ansar Ali, Managing Director, McLaren Special Operations
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