The British company recently allowed the Senna to submit itself to some track torture on the terms established by four major U.S. automotive publications. And it was successful in setting new benchmarks for the Automobile “Pro Racer’s Take,” Road & Track’s “Performance Car of the Year,” Car and Driver’s “Lightning Lap,” and Motor Trend’s “Best Driver’s Car 2019.”
For the first couple of track performance records, the automaker was present on the National Corvette Museum’s NCM Motorsports Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky, while the third and fourth involved different tracks – the Virginia International Raceway and Laguna Seca, respectively.
No wonder the Senna performed beyond the call of duty as the Woking team specifically honed the Ayrton-tribute supercar for easily switching between road and track, packing a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 with 800 hp into a lightweight 1198 kg (2641.13 lbs.) carbon-fiber clad body.
As such, the Senna concluded Automobile’s Pro Racer’s Take with Andy Pilgrim at the helm in 2:02.86 and the NCM’s West Circuit was used to deliver Road & Track’s Performance Car of the Year 2019 best-ever lap time of 1:23.34 (with a turn four lateral g-force of 1.64, among other feats).
Car and Driver’s new Lightning Lap 2019 king among 13 years of testing and a poll of 263 cars then moved to the 4.1-mile Grand Course at the Virginia International Raceway for a record time of 2:34.9, an unofficial overall VIR record with an average speed of 134.5 mph.
Last, but certainly not least, the Motor Trend selection for Best Driver's Car 2019 allowed the Senna to flex its camshaft muscle on the Weather Tech Raceway Laguna Seca in under 1:28, with a time of 1:27.62.