When McLaren released the Senna, it set a new paradigm for what a supercar can be. The last thing we thought about was making the vehicle faster than it already was. That was until Novitec came along and upgraded the engine to produce over 900 horsepower (671 kilowatts). In his latest video, Shmee takes a look at what drives the McLaren.
For the uninitiated, Novitec is a German tuning company that lights a fire under some of the world’s most exclusive supercars. While their primary goal is to add power, the tuner wants to produce a full set at the end. If they give a car more breath, it should have better brakes, more grip and better cooling. Gone are the ways of adding massive amounts of power and dropping anchor overboard.
At first glance, the new and improved Senna looks a lot like the standard model. This is not entirely surprising, as Shmee mentions that the bigger mods are an extra 100 hp (75 kW), a racing exhaust, and new wheels. That said, the vehicle is far greater than the sum of its parts.
While the extra horsepower and new wheels are notable changes, the new exhaust is the centerpiece of this vehicle. The system seems indistinguishable from a GT3 machine warming up in a racing garage. Besides the noise of racing cars, the new pipes are constructed from Inconel, a metallic alloy of chromium and nickel generally reserved for the aerospace industry. The high heat resistance of the material means that the exhaust can be made thinner and lighter.
In the end, the Novitec Senna is one tenth of a second faster than the standard car at 100 km / h and three tenths faster at 200 km / h.