2019 McLaren Senna First Look: Form Follows Function

The 2019 McLaren Senna is not pretty. But if you believe form should follow function, it’s beautiful. Every dramatic curve, every nuanced surface, every tiny detail has earned its place on this car for one simple reason, says McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt: to make the McLaren Senna the most exciting street-legal car you can drive on a racetrack.

That’s quite a mission statement in an era of impressive track-focused road cars such as the Porsche 911 GT2 RS, Lamborghini Huracán Performante, and the Mercedes-AMG GT R. But the McLaren Senna’s got game. It represents nothing less than weapons-grade performance engineering from a company with decades of experience at the highest levels of motorsport and a reputation for creating extraordinary hypercars.

McLaren Automotive engineering design director Dan Parry-Williams describes the Senna as a mashup between the P1 and the recently launched 720S, combining hardware and intellectual property from both. In simple terms, the Senna’s core structure and powertrain are derived from the 720S, and the braking system and the hydraulically modulated, computer-controlled, height-adjustable suspension are evolved from P1.