McLaren released this Ayrton Senna tribute on a P1 GTR

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McLaren commemorated the 30th anniversary of Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna’s first championship with a P1 GTR wearing the same livery as that of the car that carried him there: the MP4/4.

The Honda-powered McLaren MP4/4 was, until earlier this decade, the most dominant Formula 1 car in history, winning all but one Grand Prix in the 1988 season, and as a result has become an F1 icon.

Both McLaren drivers that season – Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost – were some of the best in history and their tussle for the title was fierce. Senna came out on top, but his victory shattered his already tense relationship with Prost, which would culminate in two championship-deciding collisions in the coming years.

Car details

The car was commissioned by a Senna fanatic, who has been obsessed with the driver from a young age. At their request, McLaren Special Operations (MSO) recreated the colour scheme from Senna’s most famous race car on the customer’s 2019 P1 GTR, and we have to admit it looks stunning.

The Marlboro livery features a striking red and white paint job, with “Senna” script and a “Driven to Perfection” slogan on the doors and intake.

The McLaren P1 GTR is a track-only variant of the British hypercar, built to celebrate 20 years since the McLaren F1 won the 1995 Le Mans 24 Hours outright. Stripped of 50kg and capable of producing significantly more downforce, this £1.9 million ($2.4 million) tour de force was quite the car.

Originally car 12 of 58 produced, this now-unique car has also received a redesigned aerodynamic package that boosts downforce from 600kg to nearly 800kg, courtesy of a new front splitter and Gurney flap. The engine bay has received a new 24-carat heat shield and enhanced engine shrouds.