Ayrton Senna

  • McLaren P1 GTR by MSO to commemorate Ayrton Senna

    McLaren Special Operations has spent the last three years working on something special to honor Ayrton Senna's first Formula 1 championship. The final result is on display here: a McLaren P1 GTR outfitted in Rocket Red and Anniversary White to recall the Marlboro livery Senna famously raced. The special P1 GTR made its debut on Tuesday and it's not simply a special graphics package, as thoughtful as the design is. The owner and MSO worked to overhaul the aerodynamic functions and even pump more power from the supercar's hybrid powertrain. The owner calls the car "Beco," the nickname given to...

  • 2019 McLaren Senna, Portugal Media Drive, June 2018
    Bruno Senna drives the McLaren Senna

    Much like the McLaren Senna, racing driver Bruno Senna has a large name to live up to. Bruno is the nephew of Ayrton Senna, one of the all-time greatest racing drivers. McLaren has named its newest hypercar the Senna to honor the late great motorsport hero but also to highlight just how focused of...

  • 1993 McLaren MP4/8A Formula 1 race car
    Bernie Ecclestone pays $5M for Senna's race-winning McLaren Formula 1 car

    Bernie Ecclestone might not be running Formula 1 anymore but he's got no intention of cutting all ties with the sport just yet. At the Bonhams collector car auction held in Monaco last Friday, the British billionaire placed the winning bid on a McLaren F1 race car driven by the legendary Ayrton...

  • McLaren Senna being tested at the race track
    Why did McLaren name its latest supercar Senna?

    Ayrton Senna da Silva still looms large over the worlds of motorsport and McLaren. One need only utter the name and a flurry of thoughts related to speed, driving precision, and winning all come rushing to mind. Senna, who died in a tragic accident in 1994, spent the better part of his Formula One...

  • Ayrton Senna exhibit at the Lamborghini Museum
    Remember when Aryton Senna drove a Lambo-powered F1 car?

    Did you know that Ayrton Senna once drove a Formula One race car that had its engine supplied by Lamborghini? It's true. It was in 1993 when McLaren tested an engine produced as a joint venture between Chrysler and Lamborghini (Chrysler owned Lamborghini at the time) in its MP4/8 F1 race car, and...

  • Ayrton Senna's footwork gets an enhanced treatment via YouTube user MaxxUK
    Enhanced Ayrton Senna NSX Video Shows The Importance Of Footwork

    Called a “BigFoot” video by its creator, YouTube user MaxxUK, this video recasts Ayrton Senna’s famous drive around Suzuka in a Honda NSX with an emphasis on Senna’s footwork. MUST SEE: Tree Crushes Million-Dollar Toyota 2000GT Why? Because the pedals don’t just make...

  • Senna and Prost battle in the rain at Monaco, 1984

    The 1980s may well have been the glory days of Formula 1. From the driving talent to the cars to the tracks, F1 of 30 years ago was a very different--and in many ways, better--sport. Here, we see an example of that from the end of the 1984 Monaco Grand Prix with Ayrton Senna chasing down Alain Prost in the rain, as announced by James Hunt and Murray Walker. MUST SEE: Ferrari F40 Loses Head-Butting Contest With Dodge Dart On Test Drive Despite qualifying just 13th in his Toleman-Hart, Senna battled past such famed drivers as Nigel Mansell, Keke Rosberg, Niki Lauda, and Stefan Bellof. A pouring...

  • Ayrton Senna (Image via Wikimedia Commons)
    20 Years After His Death, The World Remembers Ayrton Senna

    Though he only lived to the age of 34, Ayrton Senna da Silva is widely regarded by past and present racers the world around to be one of, if not the all-time, greatest to have taken a wheel in anger. It was 20 years ago today that the Brazilian, with three Formula One world championships, 41 wins...

  • Williams marks 20th anniversary of the death of Ayrton Senna
    Williams F1 Car To Feature 20th Anniversary Ayrton Senna Logo

    This year is the 20th since the death of Formula One racing legend Ayrton Senna, and to mark the occasion British team Williams will run a special logo on its car throughout the 2014 season. Since Senna’s death at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix in Italy, Williams has placed the iconic Senna...

  • 1992 Acura NSX once owned by Ayrton Senna
    Another Ayrton Senna-Owned Acura NSX Up For Sale

    You can barely bring up the three letters N, S and X in car-guy company without somebody mentioning Ayrton Senna. The racing legend only had a small impact on Honda's development program for the original NSX but a few photographs and videos here and there mean the car has forever been immortalized...

  • Gran Turismo 6 featuring Ayrton Senna
    Ayrton Senna To Be Featured In Gran Turismo 6

    Downloadable content featuring the legendary Brazilian F1 driver will be available for the latest Gran Turismo game.

  • Ayrton Senna Acura NSX
    Ayrton Senna-Owned Acura NSX Up For Sale?

    The new Acura NSX should prove to be quite an entertaining machine. It will be interesting to see how it holds up to the original NSX from a pure driving experience standpoint. Of course, you can still buy the old NSX if you hunt them down on Craigslist and eBay Motors. If you have the means to...

  • The sound of Ayrton Senna lapping Suzuka, brought back to life

    As much a legend as a living, breathing human even during his own abbreviated lifetime, Ayrton Senna continues to have a following that verges on cult status. Here, the Honda sect of the Cult of Senna holds an auditory seance with the F1 pilot's ghost. Well, sort of, anyway. By apparently taking telemetry data and audio samples from 1989, Honda engineers outfitted the Suzuka race circuit with a suite of speakers to bring the sound of Senna's Honda F1 car to life. Brilliant, Honda. Simply brilliant. _______________________________________ Follow Motor Authority on Facebook, Twitter, and...

  • The steering wheel from Aryton Senna's 1984 Toleman TG-183B
    Senna's First F1 Steering Wheel Hits The Auction Block

    In 1984, a young Brazilian driver by the name of Ayrton Senna da Silva (most frequently shortened to Ayrton Senna) rose from the British Formula Three ranks to make his Formula One debut, driving for Toleman Group Motorsport. What happened over the next decade, before Senna’s untimely death...

  • Ayrton Senna's 1984 Toleman TG-184
    Ayrton Senna's 1984 Toleman TG-184 F1 Car Hits The Auction Block

    In 1984, Ayrton Senna was just another unknown F1 rookie, scrambling to find a seat in a field already crowded with veteran drivers. After testing with Williams, McLaren, Brabham and Toleman, Senna ultimately signed with the unproven Toleman team, simply because they had a vacant seat for the 1984...

  • Ayrton Senna’s Formula 1 race helmet
    Ayrton Senna Race Helmet Fetches $114,000 At Auction

    A helmet used by the legendary Ayrton Senna, as well as one of his racing suits, went up for auction in the Race Retro Sale that took place during this past weekend’s annual Silverstone Auction in the UK. At the close of bidding, the helmet was sold for a staggering $114,000--almost double...

  • Ayrton Senna’s Formula 1 race helmet
    Ayrton Senna Race Helmet And Suit Up For Auction

    If the recent Senna biopic got you all nostalgic for those exciting days of Formula 1, when names like Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost were making headlines, here’s your chance to now own a piece of that epic history. A helmet used by the legendary Ayrton Senna, as well as one of his racing...

  • SENNA Movie Poster
    Tell Us Why You Are Excited To See SENNA And Win Swag

    This Friday auto enthusiasts and racing fans in Los Angeles and New York City will have the opportunity to see the the documentary we have all been waiting for: SENNA. Now that the time is nearly here, we want to know why you are excited to see SENNA. A quick refresher about what SENNA is about...

  • SENNA movie

    The Ayrton Senna film biography will begin limited run showings across the United States on August 12.

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    Ayrton Senna Movie Coming To U.S. This July

    Though he only lived to the age of 34, Ayrton Senna da Silva is widely regarded by past and present racers the world around to be one of, if not the all-time, greatest to have taken a wheel in anger. His life and tragic death have undergone cinematic treatment in the movie entitled simply, Senna...

  • Honda NSX Type R
    Video: Tribute To Ayrton Senna And The Acura NSX

    The Acura NSX--or Honda, depending on where you live--has long been known as the ‘forgotten supercar’ in the world of exotics. This is mostly because its cutting edge all-aluminum construction meant that it was extremely expensive and its V-6 engine, though fairly high-tech in its day, was...

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