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The McLaren Senna has a new £300k carbon fibre option

Want your 789bhp road-legal track toy in gloss weave finish? Send cheques to MSO

The McLaren Senna costs £750,000, and they’re all sold. But they’re not all going to cost £750,000, because McLaren Special Operations has begun wheeling out the options you can throw at the new Ultimate Series supercar. 

Chief among them is the Carbon Theme. This showcases the Senna’s carbon panels in an immaculate carbon weave. There are 67 pieces in all, which take 1,000 hours to produce. Even the yellow detailing on the car shown takes 250 hours to apply. Eagle-eyed F1 fans will note this yellow and green scheme is inspired by Ayrton Senna’s iconic helmet livery. 

As you’d expect, this sort of fastidious attention to detail does not come cheaply. McLaren warns: “Cars commissioned from McLaren Special Operations will take considerably longer to build and carry a financial premium. The bespoke personalisation carried out on the McLaren Senna Carbon Theme by MSO, for example, adds a little under £300,000 to the price.”

So, this is a £1million Senna. And MSO hasn’t finished with the options yet.

Should you want your lightweighting taken to extremes, you’ll soon have the choice of carbon fibre wheels, instead of the already featherweight forged rims. McLaren says the front wheel weighs 7.5kg without a tyre – up to ten per cent less than the standard wheel. Not a massive saving by any means, but very appropriate for the most extreme machine ever dreamt up by McLaren Automotive. 

We’ll be seeing the McLaren Senna Carbon Theme at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show next week. McLaren has also promised a ‘surprise announcement’. Anyone care to venture a guess?

(Once you’ve finished ogling or retching at the car…)

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