McLaren Special Operations is known for producing some truly unique creations. Just take a look at this video-game inspired one-off that is being created for a customer. Now the guys from MSO have completed a unique new model called the McLaren P1 GTR Beco.
The bespoke project was launched to mark the 30th anniversary of Ayrton Senna’s maiden Formula 1 title. The McLaren P1 GTR Beco is painted in the iconic red and white of then-sponsor Marlboro. The livery is similar to the MP4/4 that propelled the late Brazilian to his first of three F1 titles, all achieved with McLaren.
The McLaren P1 GTR Beco was commissioned by a collector who was inspired by Ayrton Senna. Over three years the owner oversaw every detail of the project, in collaboration with MSO, resulting in a car you see here.
Detailing includes the Senna brand trademark on the front splitter as well as in front of the air intake and each door, with the ‘Senna’ script and ‘Driven to Perfection’ slogan on the doors and intake. The doors also show the Brazilian flag. More than 800 hours was spent on painting and other external points include Senna’s 1988 race number ‘12’ on the nose.
This McLaren P1 GTR was christened “Beco” by the owner in honour of the nickname given to Ayrton by his parents. The Senna family gave their full approval for use of this special name
Beco has a unique engine specification. The result is – according to the owner – a ‘suitably pleasing’ increase in power. A 24 carat gold heatshield, Lexan rear cover and modified engine bay shrouds are some of the bespoke parts created for this car.
A full aerodynamic programme increases downforce to about 800 kg. The upgrades include new front dive planes, a wider front splitter and at the rear a Gurney flap and new barge boards which better channel airflow along the sides of the car. The rear wing also features much bigger endplates than those on a standard McLaren P1 GTR wing. Additional downforce is generated by inboard secondary wing elements.
The multi-function McLaren P1 GTR steering wheel has been trimmed in Alcantara with stitching colour-matched to the wheel of the MP4/4 F1 racer. Alcantara has also been used on the facia cover panel. Super lightweight racing seats developed for the McLaren Senna, contributing to weight-reduction. MSO has also created a bespoke crash helmet to the customer’s commission, to complement the livery of the car.