The McLaren Senna is now the fastest car to lap The Grand Tour’s test track.
This might not come as much surprise, given the Senna’s reputation for extreme track performance. As a quick refresher, the Senna has 789 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque thanks to a 4.0-L twin-turbo V8 engine. Zero to 62 mph is done in 2.8 seconds, while zero to 124 mph takes just 6.8 seconds. Top speed is 211 mph, but it would be faster if it wasn’t so concerned with creating a literal metric ton of downforce.
That’s almost enough downforce for the Senna to drive upside-down.
It was only a matter of time until the Senna managed to find its way to The Grand Tour’s test track, with Jeremy Clarkson behind the wheel. After engaging launch control, Clarkson was able to boost the Senna to 60 mph in just 2.7 seconds and reached 186 mph in just over 18 seconds.
But even better than that, the Senna completely destroyed the previous lap record at RAF Wroughton, better known as the “Eboladrome” for its resemblance to the Ebola virus. Professional British race car driver Abbie Eaton set the record, posting a time of just 1 minute and 12.9 seconds.
That’s nearly 4 seconds faster than the Lamborghini Huracan Performante, which posted a time of 1:16.80. It’s a full 5 seconds faster than the Senna’s little brother, the McLaren 720S (1:17.90).
And since the Eboladrome is such a tiny track, an increase of 5 seconds around is a monumental improvement. Imagine the difference in time if the 720S and Senna were both driven around something as large as the Nurburgring.
In that very same episode, The Grand Tour gang also get behind the wheel of some beautifully tuned American muscle cars. Hammond gets in a Dodge Demon, Jeremy in an RTR Ford Mustang, and May in a Hennessey Exorcist Camaro. And then they drag race for a very, very long time.