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30 years ago, on May 1, 1994, Ayrton Senna died at the San Marino Grand Prix – the Brazilian Formula 1 driver was involved in a fatal accident during the race. In 2024, at the Enzo and Dino Ferrari circuit as part of the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix, Ducati showed the Monster Senna, created in memory of the three-time world champion. At the Monaco Grand Prix, McLaren showed a special Senna supercar, dedicated to the Brazilian’s record six victories in the race on the streets of Monte Carlo.

The colors chosen for the special Senna Semper livery reflect the colors of the Brazilian flag with bright yellow, green and blue hues combined using a new wash technology developed by MSO. This technique allows the colors to blend into each other without creating additional colors, and also simulates the speed and movement of a waving flag. This effect is also applied to the McLaren badge on the car’s nose.

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The green and white elements around the glazing and air intakes are inspired by the design details of Ayrton Senna’s iconic racing helmet. On the panels covering the large air intakes on the sides of the car, MSO paint specialists applied two different images of Ayrton Senna. Hand-applied and requiring exceptional attention to detail, the dot matrix effect comes to life from a distance, depicting the Brazilian on and off the track.

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The bright, high-gloss exterior paint is complemented by carbon fiber panels, a similar theme that continues into the interior. The interior is decorated with exclusive yellow Alcantara upholstery with green perforations, and a white “zero” mark appears on the steering wheel. The door sills, upholstered in black Alcantara, are decorated with Ayrton Senna’s signature and a quote explaining his ethics and philosophy: “I have no idols. I admire the work, dedication and competence.”

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