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One for the road

MCLAREN claimed all 500 Senna models had been allocated to customers in the lead-up to the hypercar’s launch, but it turns out the company had something special planned for the final car that honours Brazil’s Formula 1 driver.

The last remaining McLaren Senna has been auctioned off by the British car maker to raise money for the late drivers’ charity for underprivileged children in Brazil.

“Only 500 will be built and to raise a significant sum at auction for a cause as worthy as the Instituto Ayrton Senna — the foundation that cherishes the legacy of one of McLaren’s greatest Formula 1 racing drivers — is both a genuine pleasure for McLaren and testament to the desirability of our new ultimate series car,” said McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt.

After fierce bidding during the McLaren Winter Ball, the new hypercar sold for over three times its list price, fetching £2,000,000 excluding taxes (NZ$3,820,000) — all of which will go to the charity in Senna’s name.

“Raising this amount of money for the Instituto Ayrton Senna is a wonderful result for our collaboration with McLaren Automotive,” said Viviane Senna, Ayrton’s sister and mother of racing driver and McLaren ambassador, Bruno Senna.

“The Senna family has a long-standing association with the McLaren brand and when the idea of a new model taking Ayrton’s name was raised, we were immediately interested to explore the possibility.”

The McLaren Senna is the most extreme road car to date from McLaren Automotive, designed, engineered and developed with the single-minded purpose of being the ultimate McLaren track car legalised for the road.

It has a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine producing 588kW and torque of 800Nm.