McLaren created the ultimate P1 GTR to honour Ayrton Senna's 1988 Championship
To commemorate the 30th anniversary of Ayrton Senna’s maiden Formula 1 Championship in 1988, McLaren Special Operations built a unique P1 GTR with even more power and downforce, as well as livery paying homage to the iconic Marlboro livery of the Mclaren MP4/4.
The car was commissioned by a private collector and took three years to build, it harks back to the legendary Brazilian driver who won his maiden Formula 1 Championship in 1988 behind the wheel of a dominant McLaren MP4/4. In the 1988 season Ayrton Senna and his teammate Alain Prost won 15 out of 16 Grand Prix that season driving the MP4/4.
With a full blessing of the Senna family, the car has been christened 'Beco' by the owner in the honour of the nickname given to Senna by his parents.
The livery uses the McLaren Rocket Red and Anniversary White from the MP 4/4 Marlboro livery, due to advertising regulations a bar code is placed in lieu of the famous Marlboro branding down the side. The livery includes Senna's 1988 race number '12' on the nose, as well as '30th-anniversary' laurels behind the side windows. The front splitter, air intake and both doors are adorned by Senna Brand Trademark, 'Senna' and 'Driven to Perfection'.
Even more power and downforce
The livery while outstanding and beautiful isn't the only thing that's special about this P1. MSO Managed to cram even more power and down-force into the car, the unique engine specification is complemented by a '24ct gold heatshield, Lexan rear cover and modified engine bay shrouds'. There is no official word on the power but according to the owner the overall package results in a ‘suitably pleasing’ power increase..
A new aero program resulted in peak down-force in the region of 800kgs. The car received a wider front splitter and dive plane, around the back there is a new Gurney Flap, barge boards and an even bigger rear wing. The wing now features much larger end-plates which are said to echo the look of the MP4/4's wing, inboard secondary wing elements provide extra down-force and look awesome.
The custom theme carries on inside, with a rep-production of Senna's signature and quote "I am not designed to finish 2nd or 3rd... I am designed to win." on the carbon fibre chassis sill. A thin red strip runs along the dash and door panels, owner of the car also commissioned MSO to create a bespoke crash helmet to complement the white & red livery.
Further touches include the Senna branding on the steering wheel, passenger dash panel and headrests of the Super Lightweight Racing Seats developed for the McLaren Senna. Alcantara adorns the facia cover panel and steering wheel, the latter features the same white stitching as MP4/4's wheel.