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The new McLaren Senna

The McLaren Senna has been designed and built with one single goal: to be the most extreme track-concentrated car on the road.

The new supercar bears the name of legendary Formula 1 driver, Ayrton Senna, honouring its status as the ultimate McLaren track car.

Legalised for road use, but not sanitised to suit it, the new Ultimate series disrupts McLaren’s trademark breadth of supercar daily usability; instead it provides the purest connection between driver and car.

With its ultra-lightweight construction, carbon fibre chassis and body panels, the Senna’s aggressive appearance epitomises McLaren’s ‘form-follow’s-function’ design philosophy.

The McLaren Senna enjoys a power-to-weight ratio of 668PS per tonne, with its maximum power of 800PS (789bhp). This statistic immediately underlines the performance credentials of the newcomer to the McLaren Ultimate Series, a product family introduced with the McLaren P1™ that is reserved for the rarest and most extreme McLaren cars.

“The McLaren Senna is a car like no other: the personification of McLaren’s motorsport DNA, legalised for road use but designed and developed from the outset to excel on a circuit. Every element of this new Ultimate Series McLaren has an uncompromised performance focus, honed to ensure the purest possible connection between driver and machine and deliver the ultimate track driving experience in the way that only a McLaren can,” says Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive.


The carbon fibrechassis that forms the core of the McLaren Senna is a further development of the structure that underpins the McLaren 720S and the strongest monocoque ever built by McLaren for a road-legal vehicle. Every body panel is made from carbon fibre, in line with a relentless focus on the weight of every individual component that has resulted in the McLaren Senna being the lightest road-legal McLaren since the iconic F1 road car, at just 1,198kg.

The 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged M840TR V8 engine at the heart of the McLaren Senna is the most powerful road car internal combustion engine ever created by McLaren. 

Lightweight internal components reduce mass in the powertrain and combine with ultra-low inertia, twin-scroll turbochargers and electronically controlled wastegates to deliver lightning-quick throttle responsiveness.

Braking power is delivered by carbon-ceramic disc brakes which McLaren describes as the most advanced ever fitted to any of its road cars. The force delivered through these brakes is prevented from locking the wheels under braking with Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires, mounted on motorsport-derived, single-lug alloy wheels.

The third model introduced under the McLaren Track22 business plan, the McLaren Senna will be hand-assembled in England at the McLaren Production Centre. Production will be limited to 500 vehicles, each costing from over NZ$1 million.

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Musk unveils world’s fastest production car

Using the launch of the new electric semi-truck, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced the new Tesla Roadster, the world’s fastest production car.

Roadster open convertible – Tesla Motors

Musk told the crowd at the company’s design studio, “I won’t say what the actual speed is, but it’s above 250 mph.”

“The point of this is to give a hardcore smackdown to gasoline cars.”

While no specific details have been formally released, Musk showed off a prototype of the pricey new vehicle, a convertible which he said will go from zero to 100 kmh in 1.9 seconds and from zero to 160 kmh in 4.2 seconds, as well as covering 400 metres in 8.9 seconds.

Rear profile of Roadster – Tesla Motors

“These are all world records,” Musk said.

The battery pack will allow the three-motor, four-seat car to travel 1000 kilometres on one charge, enough to drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles and back, Musk said.

Making this the first ever production electric car to cover 1000 kilometres on a single charge.

Roadster Steering Wheel – Tesla Motors

According to Musk, the Roadster will be available in 2020 and the car will cost around US$200,000.

 

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Latest Bugatti Chiron launches

 

The next-generation Bugatti Chiron has officially launched in Portugal, with the first customer orders in the limited production run of 500 being delivered worldwide this month.

The hypercar is touted as the most powerful ever seen in a production car, with an 8.0-litre W16 engine producing a massive 1103kW and 1600Nm of torque matched to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The top speed has been electronically limited to 420km/h, and while 0-100km/h takes 2.5 seconds, on par the likes of the Porsche 911 and the Tesla P100Ds.

The Chiron, however, reaches 0-200km/h in just 6.5 seconds with its 8-litre engine, beating out top-tier hypercars such as the Hennessey Venom GT, the McLaren P1 and the Koenigsegg One:1.

Expectant owners will have to shell out for the limited-edition hypercar, with a retail price of around $4.2 million. 70 examples of the Bugatti Chiron have been sold so far.

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Vanda reveals electric supercar

Singapore-based Vanda Electrics have revealed its first electric supercar, named the Dendrobium, at the Geneva Auto Show on Friday.

While the powertrain specifications are yet to be finalised, Vanda claims the electric supercar can generate 745kW of power, reach 0-100km/hr in 2.6 seconds and has a top speed of 321km/hr. The total weight is 1750 kilograms.

The concept EV is styled after the Singaporean Dendrobium orchid, with rear-hinged doors and a roof that imitate an unfurling flower. Williams Advanced Engineering is assisting Vanda with designing and manufacturing.

The Dendrobium is the first car manufactured by Vanda, which specialises in battery technology and electric mobility. Previous projects from the company include the Motochimp electric scooter, which is set to go on sale in Japan this winter, and the Ant Truck, a one-tonne EV hauling truck which will be produced sometime this year.

Vanda Electric CEO Larissa Tan told journalists the company is still deciding on whether to put the Dendrobium into production, and if it does, “it will be made in the tens rather than the hundreds,” with a “seven-figure” price tag.

If production goes ahead, pending a warm reception at Geneva, the first model could be on the road in 2020.

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Pagani releases new Roadster

Pagani have released the new Huayra Roadster, which sold out before launch. The supercar costs $3.5 million, and just 100 were manufactured.

Pagani claimed the Huayra features the highest lateral acceleration “ever seen on a car with tyres” of 1.8G, and contains a Mercedes-AMG’s ‘M158’ V12 engine, producing 760bhp, or 566kW, and 999Nm of torque with a top speed of 370km/h. The engine is fitted to a seven speed X-Trac gearbox.

The Roadster comes with two roofs – a removable carbon fibre hard top containing a central glass panel, and a fabric roof, which can be stored inside the car if needed. Pagani installed active aero flaps which, in conjunction with the active suspension, ensures downforce is optimal both on and off the track.

The suspension is forged from a lightweight aluminium alloy called ‘HiForg’, which lightens the car by 25 per cent and gives a total dry weight of 1280kg – 80kg lighter than the Huayra Coupe. 380mm carbon ceramic Brembos brakes feature on the front and back, housed inside 20-inch wheels. The tyres are custom-built by Pirelli to allow for the G-force and grip.

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Zenvo announces new supercar

Danish supercar maker Zenvo has announced plans to build an 858kW version of its ST-1 supercar to show at the Geneva motor show this March, according to motoring.com.au.

The car will celebrate 10 years for Zenvo, and it comes with a specially developed mid-engine twin-supercharged 5.8-litre V8. The anniversary model is based on the original ST-1 launched in 2009, with a new carbon fibre body and a rear wing to provide downforce.

Zenvo says the ST-1 GT will have a top speed of 402 km/hr and will reach 100km/hr in less than 3.0 seconds. The current ST-1 has a top speed of 375 km/hr.

The supercar is expected to cost $1.7 million dollars and will have a strictly limited run, as each vehicle is made in Denmark by a small team of engineers. More details will be announced at the official unveiling in March.

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