McLaren Senna goes Carbon for Geneva

McLaren Senna Carbon Edition

The new McLaren Senna is set to raise heartrates at the 88th Geneva Motor Show as it bares all to appear in Visual Carbon Fiber. The McLaren Senna Carbon Theme by McLaren Special Operations (MSO) is one of five themes developed by MSO for a car that has been the center of attention since the first images were released in December.

The Visual Carbon Fiber exterior is the most obvious individual feature of the McLaren Senna Carbon Theme by MSO. Comprising 67 parts, the full body set takes almost 1,000 hours to produce. Solar Yellow detailing on the sill exteriors, rear wing and front active aero blades – a process that accounted for almost 250 hours of MSO time – combines with Laurel Green brake calipers in recognition of the helmet colors of the legendary Brazilian Formula 1 racing driver.

The colors are carried through to the interior of the car, with the door gas strut in Laurel Green and the contrast stitching on the Carbon Black Alcantara® trim on seats, door inners and fascia. The steering wheel also has a leather Centre band in a similar yellow hue.

Both seats feature a Senna ‘S’ on the headrest and the same detail is repeated in satin finish Visual Carbon Fiber on the end plates of the rear wing, a result achieved using a highly specialized process that sees each matt-finished logo embedded into the gloss carbon Fiber panel. One of the front fenders proudly displays the Senna brand.

“The McLaren Senna customers in the process of specifying their own, personalized cars are almost without exception commissioning an elevated level of MSO content, so we are definitely appealing to our target audience," explained Ansar Ali, Managing Director, McLaren Special Operations. “With the car having generated so much interest since its unveiling in December, we knew we needed to produce something very special in order to showcase the unique talents of McLaren Special Operations; the McLaren Senna Carbon Theme by MSO at the Geneva Motor Show is exactly the kind of project we thrive on delivering and once customers have had the opportunity to view it in person, I would not be at all surprised to see a rise in expressions of interest for MSO Visual Carbon Fiber cars similar to this one."

McLaren Special Operations is also taking the opportunity to introduce a new McLaren Senna wheel option in Geneva. The standard wheel is available in three finishes, but the new MSO 7-Spoke, Hybrid Carbon Fiber Wheel is the only alternative design available from McLaren for the car. The Centre-lock wheel is a forged aluminum/carbon Fiber rim component that at 7.5kg (front wheel) without a tire fitted, is up to 10 per cent lighter than the standard-fit wheel.

[adinserter name="GOOGLE AD"]Benefitting dynamic performance by reducing unsprung weight, the carbon Fiber hybrid wheels offer a 10-15 per cent reduction in rotating inertia, improving acceleration, braking and steering responses.

The MSO 7-Spoke Hybrid Carbon Fiber Wheel, which also offers McLaren Senna customers a further opportunity to personalize their purchase, is a retailer-fit only option that will be available to order soon in either Diamond Cut or Stealth finish. The Memphis Red and Vega Blue satin finish Centre lock wheel nuts fitted to respectively the left- and right-hand sides of the McLaren Senna Carbon Theme car are available now to MSO Bespoke order.

The interior is also full of carbon fiber

Legalized for road use, but not sanitized to suit it, the new McLaren Senna was designed and developed from the outset to excel on a circuit and as a result has an uncompromised performance focus that is reflected in its appearance. The aggressive looks are the strongest expression yet of McLaren’s ‘form follows function’ philosophy and McLaren Special Operations is already seeing significant interest from McLaren Senna buyers wanting to make their cars even more distinctive.

Just 500 examples of the McLaren Senna will be produced and all are already assigned. Each vehicle is priced at £750,000 and will be hand-assembled by specialists at the McLaren Production Centre in Woking, Surrey, England, in a process taking close to 300 hours. Cars commissioned from McLaren Special Operations will take considerably longer to build and carry a financial premium; the bespoke personalization carried out on the McLaren Senna Carbon Theme by MSO, for example, adds a little under £300,000 to the price.

Technical Specifications

Body construction

Carbon Fiber Monocage III central structure; aluminum front and rear frames; carbon Fiber body panels

Drivetrain configuration

Longitudinal mid-engined; rear-wheel-drive

Active aerodynamic features

Active front aero blades; active rear wing

Maximum downforce generated

800kg at 250 km/h (155mph)

Engine configuration

M840TR engine, 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, 3,994cc

Engine power PS (bhp/kW)

800 (789/597) @ 7,250 rpm

Engine torque Nm (lbs ft)

800 (590) @ 5,500 – 6,700 rpm


7 Speed SSG (Seamless Shift Gearbox)

Powertrain modes

Comfort; Sport; Track


McLaren RaceActive Chassis Control II (RCC II) system. Double wishbones front and rear; independent interconnected hydraulic dampers; K dampers

Suspension modes

Comfort; Sport; Track; Race


Electro-hydraulic, power-assisted


Carbon ceramic discs with machined cooling vanes (390mm x 34mm front and rear). Aluminum monobloc six-piston front brake calipers; aluminum four-piston rear

Wheel size (inches)

Front: 19 x 8J; Rear: 20 x 10J


Bespoke Pirelli P ZERO™ Trofeo R

Front: 245/35/R19; Rear: 315/30/R20

Lightest dry weight, kg (lbs)

1,198 (2,641)

Power to weight ratio, lightest dry weight

668 PS per ton


Exterior Body Finish

Bespoke Finish: Gloss Visual Carbon Fiber

Exterior Accent Color

Bespoke Accent: Solar Yellow Detailing

Exhaust Heatshield Finish

Gloss Black

Exterior Door Upper

Gloss Visual Carbon Fiber

Exterior Door Lower

Gloss Visual Carbon Fiber

Wheels and brakes


MSO 7-Spoke, Hybrid Carbon Fiber Wheel in Stealth finish

Centre Lock Wheel Nuts

Bespoke Color: Memphis Red & Vega Blue in Satin finish

Brake caliper finish

Bespoke Color: Laurel Green



Bespoke Interior: Carbon Black Alcantara® with yellow contrast stitch; steering wheel 12 o’clock mark in yellow leather; Laurel Green door gas strut



Sill Trim

MSO Defined Carbon Fiber Extended Sill Finishers

Steering Wheel

Jet Black Leather

Seat Type/Size

Super-Lightweight Racing Seat/Regular



8-inch high resolution touch screen and folding driver display


McLaren Infotainment System (MIS)

Audio System

Bowers & Wilkins 7-speaker audio system

Track Telemetry

McLaren Track Telemetry & 3 Cameras


Bluetooth telephony and audio streaming, USB Connectivity and Aux in

Driver assistance

Driver Assistance

Cruise control with speed limit function; Variable Drift Control; Brake Assist with Brake Disc Wipe and Hill Hold Assist; Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS); Traction Control System (TCS); Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Dynamic Mode


2 Front & 4 Rear Parking Sensors with Reversing Camera

Performance data*


2.7 seconds

0-100 km/h (0-62mph)

2.8 seconds

0-200 km/h (0-124mph)

6.8 seconds

0-300 km/h (0-186mph)

17.5 seconds

0-400 m / ¼ mile

9.9 seconds

Maximum Speed

340 km/h (211 mph)

Braking 300–0 km/h (186-0 mph)

215 meters

Braking 200–0 km/h (124–0 mph)

100 meters

Braking 100–0 km/h (62–0 mph)

29.5 meters

*All figures stated are McLaren engineering figures and subject to final verification

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