MSO does McLaren Senna ‘Carbon Theme’ for Geneva show

Mitchell Jones

A special version of the 2018 McLaren Senna hypercar will be rolled out at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, with many carbon fibre parts setting it apart from the already outrageous standard verison.

The reveal of the 2018 McLaren Senna in late 2017 surprised car enthusiasts around the world. It is arguably the most eye-catching expression of McLaren’s revitalised product range. Performance-wise, a 0-100km/h time of 2.8 seconds, 0-200km/h in 6.8 seconds and a 340km/h top speed demand attention. Speaking of demanding attention, the visuals of the car are on another level, with the huge wings, splitters and the see-through panel on the dihedral doors.

The company’s bespoke skunkworks department, McLaren Special Operations (MSO), has put together this ‘Carbon Theme’ edition of the Senna, which will be one of five themes to be produced by MSO. The rest will be shown digitally at Geneva.

What sets this version apart is its glossy Visual Carbon Fibre finish, Carbon Black Alcantara trim, plus Solar Yellow and Laurel Green highlights to evoke the colours of Ayrton Senna’s racing helmet. Special MSO carbon fibre seven spoke alloys save weight and add visual impact.

The head of McLaren’s MSO division, Ansar Ali, explains how the Senna Carbon Theme came to be:

“With the car having generated so much interest since its unveiling in December, we knew we needed to produce something very special in order to showcase the unique talents of McLaren Special Operations; the McLaren Senna Carbon Theme by MSO at the Geneva Motor Show is exactly the kind of project we thrive on delivering and once customers have had the opportunity to view it in person, I would  not be at all surprised to see a rise in expressions of interest for MSO Visual Carbon Fibre cars similar to this one.”

Of the 1000 hours to produce the car, 250 of those are devoted to the MSO additions. 500 Senna’s will be produced, starting from  £750,000  (AU$1.33m), with an MSO theme such as this one adding a further £300,000 ( AU$534,170) to the bottom line.

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