Ayrton Senna may be gone, but his impact on motor racing in Brazil and the sport continues to burn bright. It's fitting then that his long-time team, McLaren, has claimed the production car lap record around the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace in the car named after the Brazilian great.
A McLaren Senna, driven by former Red Bull junior Ricardo Mauricio, has lapped the home of the Brazilian Grand Prix in 1:41.422 minutes to lower the benchmark for street legal cars around the track.
“It was sensational,” Mauricio said. “I had been told that the car was exciting to drive, and it proved real on track. It is very powerful, with a very strong torque and acceleration.”
The McLaren Senna now has lap records at Laguna Seca, Virginia International Raceway and NCM Motorsports Park in the USA.
For those unfamiliar, the McLaren Senna is the British supercar company's “most extreme” road car, powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 and loaded with active aerodynamics and adaptive suspension system for the most track-capable car the company builds outside of its Formula One team.