The McLaren Special Operations team, for the past three years, have been developing something special to honour Ayrton Senna’s first F1 championship. As the image gallery above speaks for itself, the new McLaren P1 GTR is outfitted in Rocket Red and Anniversary White to recall the Marlboro livery that Senna famously raced.
On Tuesday McLaren took the covers off the P1 GTR, proving much more than just a special graphics package. The owner as well as the MSO team completely overhauled the aerodynamics functions and has called for a higher output figure from its hybrid powertrain.
McLaren debuted the P1 GTR in 2015 with a mind-boggling 986bhp on tap that came from a 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 engine, coupled with an electric motor.
McLaren debuted the P1 GTR in 2015 with a mind-boggling 986bhp on tap that came from a 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 engine, coupled with an electric motor. This was close to 88bhp higher than the standard P1 already. However, considering that “Beco”, as the owner has named it, enjoys a higher output we can expect anything upwards of a 1000bhp. Apart from this, a 24-carat gold heatshield, Lexan rear cover, and tweaked engine bay shrouds compliment the hybrid powertrain.
The downforce on the car has been increased to as much as 771kg with a new front dive planes, along with a wider front splitter and a Gurney flap at the rear. Honouring Senna’s MP4/4 F1 car, this iteration also sports larger endplates than the standard car. However, it is a bit difficult to get one’s eyes off the 30-year-old colour scheme that first debuted when Senna won the 1988 championship title in a McLaren MP4/4.
On the inside, Senna’s signature and the quote "I am not designed to finish 2nd or 3rd...I am designed to win," decorates the door sills
On the outside, the car sports the Senna brand trademark on the front splitter and air intakes, which reads “Driven to Perfection”. Additionally, the doors also sport the Brazilian flag and a barcode that is used in place of “Marlboro” due to advertisement restrictions. The P1 GTR’s nose wears Senna’s 1988 racing number 12, and one-off 30th-anniversary laurels sit behind the windows.
The Special Operations team has spent over 800 hours of manpower on the paint as well as the exterior design work. Meanwhile, the interiors narrate a different story too. On the inside, Senna’s signature and the quote “I am not designed to finish 2nd or 3rd…I am designed to win,” decorates the door sills. Apart from that, the Senna branding extends to the door panels and dash, which also features a thin red stripe.