McLaren P1 GTR commemorates Senna's first championship

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Ayrton Senna gets one more homage from the British carmaker in the form of a bespoke McLaren P1 GTR.

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It took MSO and the customer three years to come up with this stunning-looking P1 GTR, painted in McLaren Rocket Red and Anniversary White to mimic the original Marlboro livery of the F1 racing auto used by Ayrton Senna. One especially devoted, and especially wealthy Senna fan is honouring that anniversary with this - a P1 GTR (not an actual McLaren Senna, weirdly) customised by the company's Special Operations division. The P1 GTR sports the MP4/4's Marlboro livery in which Senna won the 1988 World Championship. Taking his idea to McLaren's Special Operations (MSO) division a while back, the customer asked for the build of a special auto tribute to Senna's very first race for McLaren. To make this possible, the collector worked closely alongside McLaren Special Operations (MSO) for three years and personally oversaw every detail on the unique build. Meanwhile, the "Senna" script and "Driven to Perfection" slogan can be found on the doors and intake. 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 owner of the vehicle calls it "Beco" which is the nickname given to Ayrton as a child by his parents. McLaren and the owner are both mum on exact power specs, but the owner has said the auto has a "suitably pleasing" increase in power. But that's because this P1 GTR is more than a paint job. Requiring a full aerodynamic programme, new aero features increase downforce to an extraordinary level. The auto 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. Alcantara has also been used for the facia cover panel. Meanwhile, the Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel gets stitching colour-coded to the one in this MP4/4, and the suede-like material also covers the dashboard and the Senna's (the vehicle, not the person) Super Lightweight Racing Seats. The customer-one of McLaren's most long-standing-also commissioned a matching helmet, finished in the same livery as the auto itself.

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