Thursday, 20 december 2018, 10:19 , by Matthew Scott
McLaren has unveiled a special edition of its P1 hypercar to mark the 30th anniversary of Ayrton Senna's maiden Formula 1 world title victory. Senna was crowned world champion for the first time in 1988, besting Alain Prost in a campaign that the McLaren teammates utterly dominated.
Senna or Prost took victory in all grands prix bar one in 1988 – a memorable and emotional Italian Grand Prix victory for Ferrari's Gerhard Berger shortly after team founder Enzo Ferrari's death.
Although Prost won more points than Senna (105 to 94) – the Brazilian was crowned thanks largely to winning a race more than his teammate as only a drivers' best 11 results counted towards their championship total.
Further honouring the Brazilian icon, the McLaren Senna was revealed earlier this year, boasting incredible specifications including a top speed of 211 mph (340 kmh) and the capacity to go from 0-60 mph (0-100kmh) in a breathless 2.8 seconds.
The hybrid P1 is similarly exhilarating and capable of reaching a warp-speed 217 mph.
The special edition machine comes in the iconic white and red McLaren livery of Senna and Prost's rivalry, as well as being fitted with more specialised fairings.
Features include a specially-commissioned rear wing - part of an aerodynamic programme increasing downforce in the region of 800kg - a 24ct gold heatshield and Super Lightweight Racing Seats originally developed for the McLaren Senna. #MSO pic.twitter.com/tXLwzC65qg— McLaren Automotive (@McLarenAuto) December 20, 2018
A 'regular' P1 sells for a shade under £2million – we think this one might set you back just a smidgen more…