It is often the case with some of these new hypercars that they get announced, displayed at glitzy motor shows or prestigious events and then disappear into the clutches of wealthy investors, and us mere mortals being lucky if we ever see them again. It’s refreshing, therefore, to hear that the first production McLaren Senna, chassis number 001, bought by London businessman David Kyte, was taken by the owner on a road trip to Circuit Paul Ricard. This exclusive 1400km journey was something of a McLaren convoy, as joining David were three more company Sennas (for the international launch) a McLaren 720S and a McLaren 600LT. Included in the driver line-up was Ayrton Senna’s nephew (and McLaren brand ambassador) Bruno Senna.
FIRST SENNA ROAD TRIP
David Kyte is something of a McLaren enthusiast and has personalised his Senna. The driver’s signature is on the door shut, the years that he was Formula 1 World Champion are engraved on the throttle pedal and the layout of the Interlagos circuit at Sao Paulo, Brazil is represented on the front of the car. The lucky Mr Kyte will always be able to spot the Senna keys among any other he may have as they are made of red-tinted carbon. Sling those on the bar of your local and all the other regular hot-shots will be suitably shamed…
We have our first drive of the McLaren Senna at Paul Ricard, starting.