Published: Fri, March 02, 2018
Tech | By Constance Martin

Geneva preview: McLaren Senna Carbon Theme by MSO

Geneva preview: McLaren Senna Carbon Theme by MSO

The lashings of carbon fibre - some 67 new parts - took some 1,000 hours to make, and the yellow paint a further 250 hours. It's one of five themes developed by the company's bespoke department for the road-legal track vehicle, and probably the most spectacular.

Now one of those very very rich and lucky customers has asked for all the lovely carbon fiber wrapping around the body to be left exposed and McLaren will show off the auto at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

If you'd set your sights on the Senna, which will set you back by $1 Million (~Rs 6.51 crore), but you now wish to own the "Carbon Theme" variation, you will need to shell out an additional $413,000 (~Rs 2.7 crore).

The theme continues on the inside, with Laurel Green seen on the door gas strut, contrast stitching on the Carbon Black Alcantara trim and leather centre band on the steering wheel. Both seats feature a Senna "S" on the headrest, with the same detail repeated on the end plates of the rear wing.

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McLaren Special Operations is also taking the opportunity to introduce a new McLaren Senna wheel option in Geneva. He won three F1 titles at the wheel of a McLaren, the company's most successful driver. At 7.5 kilograms (without the tyre) it's about 10 percent lighter than the standard alloy wheel. The result is plenty of exposed carbon fibre bodywork complimented by flashes of yellow, with blue lug nuts on the wheels and green brake callipers finishing the look.

The reduction in unsprung weight improves road-holding but, because the weight reduction is at the rim, it also reduces rotational inertia by 10-15 percent, improving acceleration, braking and steering responses. "With the vehicle 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".

There are just 500 McLaren Senna models being built, and all are sold.

The carmaker says "cars commissioned from McLaren Special Operations will take considerably longer to build and carry a financial premium", which ties in really well with the "time is money" quote.

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