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One-off McLaren P1 GTR celebrates Ayrton Senna's first F1 win

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Melba Vasquez | 23 December, 2018, 04:58

Recently however, McLaren unleashed a specially-built P1 GTR that wears Senna's winning colors from his early days in Formula 1.

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

The auto commemorates the 30th anniversary of Senna's first world championship title and is emblazoned with the driver's race number 12 on the nose and rear wing endplates. The owner calls the auto "Beco", the nickname given to Senna by his family and friends.

Enlarge Image Even without the name on there it's still one of the most recognizable racing liveries ever made.                  McLaren
Enlarge Image Even without the name on there it's still one of the most recognizable racing liveries ever made. McLaren

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.

The vehicle was commissioned by a McLaren collector who was a fan of Senna's from an early age. Instead there are Senna Brand trademarks here and there as well as "Senna" and "Driven to Perfection" along the doors. Of course, the livery isn't a flawless recreation of the one found on Senna's MP4/4 - it's no longer cool to tout tobacco in motorsport, and the MP4/4 had Marlboro's name all over it. Style isn't all this auto offers; it also has more downforce and power than a normal P1 GTR. Beyond that, the engine bay itself was also given a once over as it now comes with a 24-karat gold heatshield, Lexan rear engine cover, and modified engine bay shrouds. It now has new front dive planes, a wider front splitter, a Gurney flap at the rear for better airflow along the sides of the vehicle, and a much bigger rear wing. The paint job took over 800 hours to complete. The GTR - which has been christened "Beco" by the owner, after the nickname given to Senna by his parents - has a "unique engine specification", apparently giving a "suitably pleasing" increase in power. Senna branding on the steering wheel and passenger dash panel is accompanied with a thin red stripe running along the door panels and dash, whilst both driver and passenger sit on Super Lightweight Racing Seats developed for the McLaren Senna, contributing to a weight-reduction regime. The customer-one of McLaren's most long-standing-also commissioned a matching helmet, finished in the same livery as the vehicle itself.

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