Generational Race – Old McLaren P1 or New McLaren SennaJanuary 8, 2020
Judging by this race between British supercars, the McLaren P1 hybrid is still faster than the newest McLaren Senna, which uses a gasoline engine.
McLaren introduced the Senna supercar back in December 2017 as the third model of its Ultimate Series racing series, previously only F1 and P1. However, the new supercar was not presented as a direct successor to the iconic P1 hybrid supercar, as it has a slightly different architecture than the “hybrid” beast – its engine runs on gasoline only. We are talking about the 4.0-liter Twin-Turbo V8, which helps well-thought-out aerodynamics McLaren Senna, which affects the acceleration and maximum speed of the car.
A new video shows the differences between Senna and P1 in a straight race.
The video begins with a race between the Italian Lamborghini Aventador SVJ and the British Senna, and the latter quite easily wins. Next is the first race of McLaren Senna against P1, and although the camera does not show us both cars at the beginning of the race, some comments under the video suggest that the driver of the hybrid P1 started a little earlier, which then affects the results of the race.
In the second match between the two McLaren the same story can be traced – we can only see Senna, but it was probably a more “fair” start to the race. However, the hybrid P1 is significantly faster, and this should come as a big surprise, considering Senna’s advanced aerodynamics.
What is the moral of this story? The McLaren P1 is still a powerful car to be reckoned with, despite the fact that its production ended in 2015. Of course, we don’t know if the P1 driver used the launch control function (launcher control), but the Senna supercar starts without this system in all three races. We would like to see the two cars sort things out with each other when they are piloted by more experienced drivers using the launch control function. Who knows, the results could be completely different.
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