Contrary to the popular belief that limited edition collector’s cars are mostly “garage queens”, the McLaren Senna chassis number 001 owner David Kyte immediately set out on a 1,400 km road trip to south of France, accompanied by three other Sennas, a 720S and 600LT.
London-based businessman Kyte travelled to Circuit Paul Ricard to take part in Pure McLaren experience – the official track driving programme of McLaren. The convoy of supercars included racing driver and nephew of Ayrton Senna – Bruno Senna.
“Handing over the key to the first customer McLaren Senna built was an honour for me and a milestone for the company,” said McLaren Automotive CEO, Mike Flewitt. “David Kyte is a longstanding McLaren enthusiast with a true passion for our brand and a number of McLarens to prove it. We have had many conversations about the car he has now taken delivery of and while I believe that the McLaren Senna is already incredible in every respect, the additional work that David has commissioned from McLaren Special Operations has taken ‘Senna 001’ to another level.”
Senna brand displayed on the wing endplate
Finished in MSO Anniversary White with striking livery painted in MSO Aurora Blue, the bespoke Senna also features roof snorkel, T-Bar and fuel filler cover in MSO Satin Visual Carbon Fibre; brake calipers painted in MSO Bespoke Burton Blue; and MSO Bespoke Coloured Centre Lock wheel nuts in Volcano Red. The paintwork alone took more than 600 hours to complete, two paint specialists devoting two weeks to ‘masking-up’ the car before the livery was applied, McLaren said.
Senna 001 is further personalised with individual references to the legendary Ayrton Senna: his signature is on the door shut, the years that he was Formula One World Champion are engraved on the throttle pedal and the layout of the Interlagos circuit in São Paulo, Brazil – with the McLaren badge marking the start/finish line – is visible on the front of the car.
The interior has also been enhanced by MSO to Kyte’s requirements, with bespoke interior trim in black Alcantara complemented by diamond-stitching on the seats and a Senna ‘S’ logo embroidered on each headrest, all in Harissa Red. Black carpet with Harissa Red Alcantara piping and decorative stitch, Volcano Red door struts and red-tinted carbon fibre control surrounds complete the personalisation. The vehicle keys are also in red-tinted carbon.