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McLaren unveils unique P1 GTR to honour Senna’s ’88 championship

December 21, 2018, 02:51 PM IST by Abhishek Nigam
McLaren unveils unique P1 GTR to honour Senna’s ’88 championship

Finished in livery that is a tribute to all-conquering McLaren MP4/4 and its Brazilian driver

Aerodynamic upgrades increase downforce of track-focused car

McLaren loves Ayrton Senna and they have been able to relate with the legendary driver in plenty of ways through their cars. The McLaren Senna is one of the most extreme road based race cars to come out of their factory gates and now Mclaren Special Operations has completed a unique new McLaren P1 GTR bespoke project to mark the 30th anniversary of Ayrton Senna’s maiden Formula 1 World Championship.

The livery is the same that appeared on the MP4/4 that propelled Senna to the first of three F1 titles. More than 800 hours was spent on painting and other external points including Senna’s 1988 race number ‘12’ on the nose, bespoke 30th anniversary laurels behind the side windows and branding.

The car has been aptly christened ‘Beco’ by the owner which was a nickname given to Senna by his family and friends. The car also has a unique engine specification complemented by a 24ct gold heatshield, Lexan rear cover and modified engine bay shrouds which has given a suitable bump in power. On the outside the car gets a new aero package which increases downforce to an extraordinary 800kg.

Both the McLaren Senna and this special edition P1 GTR gives us a distinct reminder about how legendary Ayrton Senna was as a driver. We hope more manufacturers take inspiration like this and give us some more insane cars to drool over.

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