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McLaren P1 GTR celebrates anniversary of Senna's first F1 Championship

McLaren P1 GTR celebrates anniversary of Senna's first F1 Championship

One unnamed individual is responsible for the vehicle you see here.

McLaren has revealed a new one off McLaren P1 GTR, the vehicle was created by McLaren Special Operations and it is designed to commemorate the 1988 Ayrton Senna championship which was 30 years ago.

McLaren P1 GTR
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McLaren says the new auto - christened Beco, which was Aryton's nickname given to him by his parents - also has power increase over the standard vehicle, along with a McLaren F1-style 24-carat gold heat shield and modified engine shrouds.

Liveried to mimic the 1988 McLaren MP4/4 which Senna piloted to his maiden World Championship, the track-only machine takes on the iconic red and white Marlboro colours.

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Commissioned by a McLaren collector who was inspired by Senna at a young age, the auto features the diagonal red stripes as well as a barcode (used during races in countries that banned tobacco advertising at the time) in lieu of the Marlboro logo. To make this possible, the collector worked closely alongside McLaren Special Operations (MSO) for three years and personally oversaw every detail on the unique build. MSO even incorporated the Brazilian flag, Senna's race number "12" in 1988, along with the bar code used in lieu of Marlboro for advertising restrictions.

Apart from that, the P1 GTR also underwent external modifications which are aimed at making the most out of the high-performance track auto. In total, over 800 hours of work was poured in making the P1 GTR's distinct paint finish. Like the F1, McLaren treated the engine bay to 24-karat gold heat shielding, along with a Lexan plastic engine cover and a blue-tipped exhaust. The new owner describes a "suitably pleasing" increase in power as a result of the modifications. Chassis number 12 - chosen because it was also the number used by the legendary driver - has been christened "Beco", Senna's nickname among friends and family. The aero's been tweaked too, with new gurney flaps, front dive planes, a new front splitter and barge boards meaning this P1 GTR can generate around 800kg of downforce when at speed.

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The car's interior has also seen an overhaul - with a Senna logo featuring on the Alcantara-trimmed steering wheel plus the headrests for the carbon-fibre bucket seats taken from the McLaren Senna hypercar. The Senna branding extends to the door panels and dash, which also feature a thin red stripe.

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