A Senna Fan’s McLaren P1 GTR Tribute
Ayrton Senna may have left us but his dominating spirit lives on. It has influenced one fan to modify his car to messianic proportions.
The fan of the late great Formula 1 legend commissioned a McLaren P1 GTR, with help from the team at MSO (McLaren Special Operations), to pay homage to his boyhood idol.
The wealthy fan made several upgrades over the “standard” car—with the chassis number 12—to make this track-only hybrid hypercar a true one-off.
It is truly a tribute to the Brazilian race driver. The paint job took 800 hours to complete; the car was finished in the iconic Rocket Red and White Anniversary, the same as the legendary Marlboro MP4/4 that drove Senna to his first three Formula 1 championships.
Senna’s logos are on the front splitter, air intakes and doors, plus Brazilian flag motifs and the number 12, the champion’s 1988 race number, on the nose.
Lewis Hamilton breaks down his tattoos.
There’s quite a few under his racing suit.
The Senna fan has made the legend more god-like, with the interior having more Senna logos, lots of alcantara and a special inscription on the door sill that reads: “I am not designed to finish 2nd or 3rd…I am designed to win.”
The engine bay has modified shrouds, a Lexan rear cover and a heat shield made from 24-karat gold (similar to the McLaren F1’s engine bay). Holy Moly!
It features new front dive planes, a wider front splitter, Gurney flap, new barge boards and bigger endplates on the rear wing. This car produces a stonking 1,763 pounds of downforce, up from the standard 1,433 pounds.
The hybrid powerplant was upgraded to produce more power than the stock 986 bhp twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-8 and electric motor. No mention as to how much power it produces, but the owner did say that it has a “suitably pleasing increase in power”.
The whole project took a painstaking three years to complete and the car is christened ‘Beco’, a nickname given to Senna by his parents.
This is a masterpiece by a truly passionate fan.