The McLaren Senna is a great car and we’re not talking about its exoticism and the fact that only 500 units of the Senna were hand built in Woking, England. The Senna pays homage to the late Brazilian Formula 1 racing driver Ayrton Senna, who made the McLaren Formula 1 team famous in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
McLaren designed the Senna for the racetrack. It was developed with a lightweight body with more than a handful of aerodynamic properties that enables incredible lap times. This allows the Senna as part of the McLaren Ultimate vehicle range.
Even so, the Senna is at the top of the McLaren food chain, but is it faster than the revered McLaren 720S? To find out, DragTimes pitted the Ultimate McLaren for the first time in a drag race against the fast and insanely fast 720S. But before we go any further, let’s crack the numbers first.
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The 720S is a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with an output of 710 horsepower (530 kilowatts) and torque of 770 newton meters (568 pound-feet). It’s also light, weighing in at 1,437 kilograms.
The Senna is of course more powerful with its more powerful 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that develops 789 hp (588 kW) and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm) of torque. With many carbon fiber bits on the body, it is even lighter than the 720S at 1,374 kg.
Since the Senna is made for the track, it should do well in corners so that its aerodynamic body kits can create drag that could offset the results of this race. The 720S of this drag race is also equipped with a stickier set of tires, which Brooks explained in the video before the start of the race.
Which one do you think won this straightforward race? And do you agree with the results? Let us know in the comments below.