Bruno Senna as mentor in McLaren P1 GTR Driver Programme
Former Formula 1 and current McLaren GT factory driver Bruno Senna has joined the McLaren P1 GTR Driver Programme and will act as a mentor driver at each of the exclusive events. Programme will start at winter of 2015 and the provisional nine date calendar contains visits to Circuit de Catalunya (Spain), Sepang International Circuit (Malaysia), Circuit of the Americas (North America), Silverstone (UK), Autodromo Nazionale Monza (Italy), Red Bull Ring (Austria), Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium), Bahrain International Circuit (Bahrain) and Yas Marina (Abu Dhabi).
Senna, who was announced as a McLaren GT factory driver earlier this year, will work closely with each of the tailored programmes, ensuring optimum performance for each of the cars and drivers around some of the world’s most iconic and challenging circuits. Members of the McLaren P1 GTR Driver Programme will take part in a bespoke training and preparation schedule, designed to fully prepare them before taking to the circuit. Initial consultations at the McLaren Technology Centre (MTC) will include a race seat fitting, a Human Performance Centre assessment, and final discussions around design and livery. From here, and ahead of each event, drivers will have access to the McLaren racing simulator to familiarize themselves with the circuit.
Commenting on the new role, and the Driver Programme, Senna explained: ‘The McLaren P1 GTR is a phenomenal machine, and is designed for one purpose – to be the ultimate drivers’ car around any given track. With more power and torque, optimised aerodynamics and increased grip over the already very impressive McLaren P1, the levels of performance are at the next level. Significant focus has been put on ensuring drivers can access and exploit the extra performance.”
The first customer example of the McLaren P1 GTR has now rolled off the line in the McLaren Production Centre (MPC). From here, it will now complete its build with the team at McLaren Special Operations.
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