After a presentation from McLaren big-wigs at the company’s Technology Center, the first ever customer-built McLaren “Senna 001,” along with a McLaren 720S, 600LT, and other Sennas, was presented to its lucky new owner.
Handing over the key to the first customer-built McLaren Senna was an honor for me and a milestone for the company. – Mike Flewwit, McLaren CEO
These cars weren’t going to arrive in usual fashion on their owner’s doorsteps, er, driveways. The convoy of exotic cars was heading to South France, all while being driven by a plethora of big names — including racing driver Bruno Senna, McLaren Automotive Chief Operating Officer Dr. Jens Ludmann, and McLaren Ultimate Series Vehicle Line Director, Andy Palmer.
The convoy embarked on an 850-plus-mile trip, with a final destination of the Circuit Paul Ricard near Marseille, France. This is where David Kyte, a London-based businessman and the proud new owner of the Senna 001, joined in on a Pure McLaren driving experience this past weekend.
David said, “I committed to buying a McLaren Senna as soon as I became aware that McLaren was developing the car — so long before the name was confirmed — but leaving the McLaren Technology Centre after the handover ceremony was the first time I have actually driven one [a Senna]. Now, with 1,400km covered, I’m delighted to report that as someone who rates driver engagement as crucial to driver enjoyment, the Senna has more than exceeded my expectations.”
Mike added, “David Kyte is a longstanding McLaren enthusiasts with a true passion for our brand and [has] a number of McLarens to prove it. We have had many conversations about the car he has now taken delivery of, and while I believe that the McLaren Senna is already incredible in every respect, the additional work that David has commissioned from McLaren Special Operations has taken ‘Senna 001’ to another level.”
Painted MSO Anniversary White with MSO Aurora blue accents, the vehicle’s numerous carbon fiber and painted detail pieces made for over 600 hours of paintwork alone. David opted for multiple additions such as diamond-stitching, Volcano Red door struts, red carbon fiber interior-control surrounds, and other custom interior pieces. There are many details which pay homage to Ayrton Senna, featuring his signature on the door sill, engravings on the pedals, as well the famous Interlagos Circuit engraved on the very front of the car.
David explained, “Working with McLaren Special Operations on the bespoke design of the car was a fascinating experience. The original inspiration for the livery was to trace the way that the air flows over the body but we decided on a more stylized design, with which I am absolutely delighted. I also love the fact that there are features on the car that are almost hidden, such as the details honoring Ayrton Senna and the McLaren ‘Speedy Kiwi’ on each side of what I am extremely proud to call, ‘my Senna.'”