Woking has just completed a bespoke McLaren P1 GTR commissioned by a huge Ayrton Senna fan who celebrated the Brazilian’s first F1 title 30 years ago with the greatest factory paint job of all time…
In order to keep up with its $1.5 billion ‘Track 25’ plan and release 18 cars by the year 2025, Woking can’t afford to sit still which is why you’ve seen an influx of Maccas lately – earlier this summer there was the launch of the 600LT, and then the Speedtail, while the McLaren Senna heads the line-up as the ultimate track-day special.
So you’d think an Ayrton Senna fan with lots of money to burn would commission a tidy McLaren Senna to celebrate the Brazilian driver’s first world title in 1988, but instead the 30th anniversary is being marked with a McLaren P1 GTR which everyone thought Woking was done with back in 2016.
Which is where this McLaren P1 GTR comes in – chassis No. 12 has just been completed and christened ‘Beco’ by its owner, after the nickname given to Senna by his parents as a toddler. Beco is a hell of a looker, flaunting one of the greatest and most recognisable liveries in motorsport history. The core is McLaren Rocket Red and Anniversary White, with Senna detailing on the front splitter, the air intake and on each door. McLaren says it took more than 800 hours to paint this bespoke car.
That’s 33 days spent just to get the paint right in order to aptly commemorate the all-conquering McLaren MP4/4 driven to nine Grands Prix victories by Senna during the 1988 Formula 1 season. That year the Brazilian and his French teammate Alain Prost owned the season, McLaren taking the chequered flag in all but one of the 16 races with six wins going The Professor’s way. It was the most dominant single season of F1 since the thing kicked off in 1950, and a huge mark in McLaren’s history.
Under the engine lid, the entire compartment has been decked out in 24 carat gold heat shielding, just like the old McLaren F1. Additionally, McLaren added new aero tricks, such as dive planes, a Gurney flap, and new barge boards, so the car now produces 800g of downforce. Seeing as the base car costs in the region of AED10 million, we’d imagine an extra mil on top is a fair estimate for the greatest factory paint job of all time.