To kick off the Formula One weekend at the new Grand Prix circuit in Miami, Bruno Senna had the chance to see the track behind the wheel of the McLaren Artura supercar. This new supercar combines the magic of McLaren’s past with the added benefit of hybrid power for enhanced performance. Bruno Senna’s uncle, legendary F1 driver Ayrton Senna, won his last race on American soil at the US Grand Prix on phoenix road twenty-one years ago, so it’s only fitting that his nephew Bruno should drive McLaren’s newest supercar around this exciting new American F1 track.
The new F1 track in Miami is a purpose-built facility that hopes to host F1 races in the years to come. The upcoming Miami Gand Prix is the first true race to be held at this circuit that promises unique challenges for drivers to overcome. First, the driver has to learn about this new track and become familiar with all its unique characteristics, and then there is the track rubber process.
Most of the tracks that F1 drives are very active with other racing series, so there’s a familiar rubber coating on the race track. When it comes to the Miami circuit, the only other cars on the track prior to F1’s arrival were supercars driven by owners and renters alike for fun.
Luckily Bruno Senna was on site with the new McLaren Artura to help with the track rubber processing. Before the F1 car entered the track for free practice, Bruno Senna had time to try out the latest car from the company that gave his uncle three world titles.
The McLaren Artura is a unique hybrid powered supercar that features a number of new features that we will see in future McLarens. The McLaren Artura is built on a new, lighter carbon body optimized for the hybrid powertrain. Power comes from a 3.0-liter V6 engine and an axial flux E-motor for a combined output of 671 horsepower (500 Kilowatts) and 531lb-ft (720 Newton Meters) of torque.
Bruno Senna seems to be a fan of Artura on track, “It’s amazing to be able to propel McLaren Artura around this dynamic, free-flowing new Grand Prix circuit in the heart of Miami. The Artura is a car that keeps on giving, especially on the track; smooth and refined but with an aggressive edge waiting to be discovered when you use the E-motor paired with the powerful V6 engine. It’s predictable and fun – the perfect ride for a Grand Prix weekend.”