Watch a McLaren 720S take on the monstrous new Senna hypercar in a zero to 100 to zero race.
We’ve been watching a lot of drag race videos featuring the McLaren 720S, and in each one the 720S absolutely demolishes whatever it’s put up against. McLaren has created a truly impressive machine in the 720S, such that we’re not really sure if there’s any other car that can top it.
Any other car, that is, except for another McLaren.
The Senna was revealed at this year’s Geneva Motor Show and wowed everyone who dared to gaze upon its carbon fiber exterior. Designed exclusively for use at the track, the Senna is the epitome of what McLaren can do when all the gloves are off.
A brand new carbon fiber chassis forms the basis for a carbon fiber body and provides a home for a 4.0 L M840TR twin-turbocharged V8--the same engine as in the 720S, but evolved to produce 789 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. Power is routed to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Zero to sixty is advertised as taking just 2.7 seconds, with a top speed of 211 mph. That top speed would be faster except for all the various active aerodynamic systems keeping the Senna glued to the pavement.
Crucially, the Senna weighs just 2,641 lbs. It doesn’t have an air conditioning system or much of a seat, but that’s the price you pay for absolute speed.
The 720S, on the other hand, has 710 hp, 568 lb-ft of torque, and a 0-60 time of 2.9 seconds. It also weighs 3,161 lbs. There’s no question that the Senna would defeat the 720S in any competition. The only question is by how much.
British car site Autocar wanted to find out, so they put the Senna and the 720S in a race from zero to 100 mph and back again. This gives us a wealth of information on performance, such as how quickly both cars can get to 60 mph and how long it takes for them to stop.
Unsurprisingly, the Senna won, but only by little more than half a second. It took the 720S 9.97 seconds to complete the race, while it took the Senna 9.35 seconds. Strangely, the 720S managed to beat the Senna to 60 mph, posting a time of 2.98 seconds to the Senna’s 3.14.
That might just have been a bad start for the Senna, but it might also be indicative of chink in the Senna’s armor.