Widely regarded as one of the greatest Formula One drivers of all time, if not the greatest of all, there’s not a lot that hasn’t been said about Senna.
So I’m just taking five minutes of your time to celebrate what would’ve been his 59th birthday and to share a picture of the McLaren Senna, the wonderful hypercar that McLaren named after him.
Ayrton Senna da Silva was born in São Paulo, Brazil on March 21, 1960 and he died on May 1, 1994 in Italy, due to fatal injuries sustained during his race at the San Marino Grand Prix. He was 34.
We remember this legendary clash with Alain Prost. We remember the three championships he won with McLaren in 1988, 1990 and 1991. He was a fast and aggressive racing driver. We remember when he said, “If you no longer go for a gap which exists you are no longer a racing”.
The McLaren Senna was introduced at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show (which is where these pictures and videos were taken).
I remember being in Geneva and bumping into the editor of a paper magazine I used to write for and I remember his answer when I told him the Senna was my favourite car of the show.
He said, “It has the most awkward styling ever.”
I personally love it. It has a 4.0 L twin-turbocharged V8 with 800 ps (789 hp) and it only weighs (dry weight) 1,198 kg, which translates into a whopping power-to-weight ratio of 658 hp per ton.
0-60 takes 2.8 seconds, 0-124 (200 kph) takes 6.8 seconds and the top speed is electronically limited to 340 kph (211 mph).
This video is vertical because I originally thought to use it for my IG stories only. Sorry about that.
this article was also published in my tribe on Drive Tribe