Hennessey planning to reveal ludicrous 1000hp McLaren Senna
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Basic logic dictates that the 588kW, 800Nm McLaren Senna — a hypercar in any definition — would be enough face-warping performance for the average person.
It was revealed and then released last year, with New Zealand among the countries to receive the uniquely styled, track-focused machine. As many as three have landed in our little country, with likely more to come.
And, those with the unruly desire for even more power will soon be able to get it, with the help of Hennessey Performance.
Regular Driven readers will be more than familiar with the Hennessey brand. Most recently we covered their US-only 'VelociRaptor' package for the Ford Ranger, while we also did a deep dive on one of the two 808hp Heritage Edition Ford Mustangs to land here last year.
It's also worth nothing that the Texas-based tuning firm already offer power boosts for the McLaren 720S and 600LT. Head honcho John Hennessey has particular skin in the game, as a McLaren fan and 600LT owner.
For the Senna, two Hennessey upgrades are slated; a HPE900 kit that will make approximately 900hp (671kW) and a HPE1000 kit that will make approximately 1000hp (745kW) from the McLaren's 4.0-litre V8.
The 'approximately' labels are present because Hennessey Performance haven't actually confirmed that these are the benchmarks they're aiming towards. However, given that their 'HPE' naming convention has always pointed to the amount of horses under the bonnet, it's highly likely that the HPE1000 package will aim for a four-digit power output figure. The company are in the midst of testing their set-up, with more data on the way.
The theoretical 157kW bump in power —roughly equivalent to adding a Hyundai Tuscon's output to the top of the standard Senna — is said to be achieved through new turbochargers, a new high-flow wastegate and air filters, stainless steel turbo headers and exhaust, a new intercooler, and a Motec ECU. Hennessey are also said to have modified the Senna's seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
These alterations will be present no matter whether buyers opt for the HPE900 or HPE1000 model — the latter just gets a more aggressive set-up out of the box. For their troubles, owners will also get a serialised plaque, decals, and a three-year, 57,936km (36,000 mile) warranty.
For what it's worth, a stock Senna accelerates to 100kmh in 2.8 seconds and is capable of hitting a top speed of 340km/h. We're keen to see how much the Hennessey HPE1000 package shaves and enhances those numbers, and whether the Senna's incredible aerodynamics can harness the changes.