The star footballer Cristiano Ronaldo is smitten with luxury cars since the initial days of his career. He currently boasts a net worth of $450 Million. Ronaldo also enjoyed a weekly salary of $663,000 in 2018 during the peak of football season. He has just enough money to get himself a cool collection of the best luxury cars in the world. And that is exactly what he has done!
One of his latest enviable purchases includes the swanky Mclaren Senna supercar. It is priced just under the million dollar margin at GBP 750,000. Buying this automotive miracle cemented his status as a serious luxury car collector.
McLaren Senna: What’s Special?
The Mclaren Senna is claimed to have a peak speed of 335 Kmph. In just 2.8 seconds from the standstill position, you could be boasting the blazing 100 Kph of speed in this beauty. Basically, it is a tribute to the unforgettable Brazilian Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna. The car is intentionally made to look like a prehistoric aquatic mammoth to give off a stylishly intimidating look. In addition to this, the glossy exteriors and the hi-tech interiors neatly affix its position as an automobile masterpiece of the present times.
Here is a quick video that would give you an idea of the kind of beast we’re talking of here.
Warning: Wear your seatbelts before watching this video or you may fly out of your seat!
These kinds of machine marvels barely fit in every kind of road crisscrossing around the globe. But, it has been designed to deliver a power-packed performance in all kinds of terrains. Unsurprisingly, it is blessed with an amazing aerodynamic design that makes you feel invincible through and through. Also, the incredible power-to-weight ratio of 658 hp per ton promises a savage performance on the tracks every single time.
In terms of engines, the Mclaren Senna enjoys the best. So, the engine in this car is the most powerful one that has ever been installed in a road car by this brand. The capacity for this engine is the sufficient 4 liters and it comes with the 8-cylinder configuration.
All this adds up to a total of 789 horsepower (588 kilowatts). Further, the maximum torque configuration for this engine is 590 pound-feet (800 Newton-meters). The manufacturing brand has derived two main features from their decades of motorsport experience. These are the inclusion of flat-plane crankshaft as well as the implementation of the dry sump lubrication.
The addition of twin-scroll turbochargers keeps the inertia to ultra-low levels for the vehicle at all times. This ‘lightning-quick throttle responsiveness’ as claimed by Mclaren is achieved with the help of electronically managed wastegates.
The Mclaren Senna has incorporated tons of style and utility in its every bit. Therefore, the gigantic wing installed at the back of this car makes it one fierce ride. But that is not all that it is good for. It helps to maintain the car in a stable state at all times. Currently, it is the most advanced automobile wing of the lot.
Sitting strong at just 48 inches from the ground, it is entirely made up of carbon fiber. This way it is stronger and lighter than all its other counterparts. The hydraulic actuators keep on adjusting its position to deliver maximum downforce at all times.
Better downforce translates to a stronger grip and swift cleaner cuts around the corners on the way. It also acts that extra layer of safety by acting as an airbrake when heavy braking is initiated during emergency situations. The wing makes sure you drive without a worry every time.
The gross weight of Mclaren Senna is only 2,641 pounds, without any fluids of course. So, it comes as no surprise that it is the lightest car on the road at present. Carbon fiber made it possible for Mclaren to reach this almost impossible goal. The material has been generously implemented in the body panels and chassis of this car.
This inclusion is also the reason behind its jaw-dropping price. This is because carbon fiber does not come cheap. The stripped out interiors, lightweight powertrain components and several other innovative ideas made it the lightest road car on the planet today.
You will notice that the Mclaren Senna is the car made by a motor racing team for the wannabe racers in all of us. The interiors of this car make this especially clear with the compact space and smart use of it. You won’t find the useless bells and whistles of the minivan and other such ‘sensible’ drives within it. The main focus of the interiors seems to be the driver geared towards optimum road performance.
Most of the conventional equipment has been removed from it to reduce the overall weight and to add more space to the vehicle. A couple of race suits and helmets is all you can fit behind the seats. The designers almost removed the passenger seat to give a more refined look to the car. But, decided to keep it in the final draft.
Brake System and Wheels
The owners will be getting the best of brakes and wheels from the racetrack world in their cars. A Woking-based firm specializing in the braking system has created the next level brakes for the Mclaren Senna. Also, the brake calipers are painted Azure Blue and will work in combination with the carbon fiber discs. The efforts have been directed towards making the car as light as possible and hence easy to control.
A center-lock system and the alloy wheels, the signature features of a racetrack maverick are present in this car. Pirelli has specifically created the P Zero Trofeo R wheels that are wrapped around these alloy wheels. This development makes it road-legal and racetrack-ready at all times.
Glazing Door Panel and Rear Diffuser
It is the see-through glass panel at the lower end of the door that simmers your curiosity in its design. In an attempt to try something eye-catching yet sleek, the creators came up with this shimmering transparent door panel. The gorilla glass used in the creation does add durability but at the cost of more weight. A lighter version of this model will feature the lower glass door panel made out entirely of carbon fiber.
The aerodynamic drag is kept to a minimum with the rear diffuser. It might look like a two-part component but it is actually a single unit made up of carbon fiber. The diffuser is present at the bottom of the rear axle. The excess air present under the car is removed at regular intervals with its help. This maintains a good level of downforce on the vehicle constantly.
These were few of the mind-boggling features of the brand new Mclaren Senna, the latest expensive toy of the star performer – Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo’s Car Collection
Fast and expensive cars are a favorite of Ronaldo. So obviously he will have a collection of over 19 of them. A rough estimate of this entire collection is around 5 million dollars. Let us take a look at the best of this collection.
Ronaldo had to shell out a total of 1.7 million dollars to get one of these in his collection. Moreover, he even shot a promotional video for this model in his very own garage. It is the costliest car in his collection to date. This mechanical feat is the brainchild of Ferdinand Piech, the Volkswagen chief. The name is a nod to the official racer and engineer of their company, Pierre Veyron. He was also the winner of “24 hours of Le Mans in a Bugatti” challenge in 1939.
Here is the promotional video we were talking about.
Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4
The next stunner is the sensational Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4. he bought this one in the year 2012 with a price tag of just above 300 thousand dollars. It has the impeccable Italian craftsmanship, advanced technology setup, and the insightful design to show for its massive price. It is the car that you think of when you think about the flamboyant fast cars.
Bentley GT Speed
It cost a cool 220 thousand dollars to Ronaldo when he bought it way back in the year 2009. This breathtaking grand tourer is designed for those long and fast drives backed by its reliable performance. This model was the first car to be developed under the Volkswagen AG management after they acquired the Bentley Motors in 1998.
Aston Martin DB9
The British bombshell Aston Martin DB9 became a part of the football legend’s collection at 200 thousand dollars. This successor of the DB7 model is available in both coupé and a convertible styles. It was the first model created in the Gaydon facility of Aston Martin enterprise. This grand tourer was succeeded by the DB11 in 2016.
The celeb-favorite Audi R8 set him back about 150 thousand dollars in the year 2009. It is a 2-seater, mid-engine sports car. The German car giant Audi AG introduced it to the world in 2006. The car comes with the Quattro permanent all-wheel-drive system, a trademark Audi feature. Moreover, it uses aluminum monocoque developed by using space frame principles.
Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano
Ronaldo owns a total of three Ferraris in his current collection. He bought this in 2008 for 310,000 dollars. It is a creation of the famous Italian manufacturer Ferrari. It replaced their previous model 575M Maranello in 2006. And then in 2013, F12berlinetta succeeded it in the series hierarchy.
This grand tourer was the two-seater and front-engined flagship of the brand. It features optimized aerodynamics in the form of improvised design. The noticeable sail panels flank its rear window. This helps in maximizing and directing the air flow to the linear rear nolder.
Rolls-Royce Phantom III Drophead Coupé
Luxury cars have been synonymous to the Rolls Royce brand since they came into the picture. So Ronaldo got one for a total of 400 thousand dollars. This is a handmade luxury car of British origins. The 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony heavily featured them. It is one of the most expensive cars of this brand.
Its style is derived from the concept car of the company – 100EX. The latter celebrated the centennial of the brand in 2004. Similarly, the design follows a marine-nautical theme similar to 100EX. It is a 4-seater with two doors. Next, a two-tone color scheme separates the upper and the lower half of this car. In addition, the teak wood paneling is present at its tonneau cover.
Ronaldo got one for his collection for 140 thousand dollars in 2011. They are the brilliant creations form the house of Maserati, the famous Italian automobile phenomenon. Also, it was a successor to the previous Maserati Coupé and Spyder series. The impressive 0.33 drag coefficient better equips this car. The owners get to enjoy the 6-speed ZF automatic transmission with this supercar.
The Maserati Quattroporte V from the Maserati M139 platform inspired this model. Both demonstrate the uncanny front and rear suspension in a double wishbone pattern. Finally, its main goal is to offer unbeatable speed along with comfort and maximum driver satisfaction.
Porsche 911 Carrera 2 S Cabriolet
In 2009, Ronaldo added one more gem to his impressive collection at 101, 000 dollars. It belongs to the performance benchmark Porsche AG of Stuttgart of Germany. This series has been in production since 1963. They come with the remarkable independent suspension. The flat-six engine rear mounted outlines a new design approach.
The year 1998 saw the last of air-cooled Porsche sports cars. Since then, they have been modified immensely. This was to accommodate the demands of various automotive competitions. It is one of the few sports car models still going strong. Hence, in 2017 Porche 911 produced its millionth model.
These were few of the prized possessions from the ultimate car collection of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Luxury cars evoke that desire to think and do big in life among all of us. They are the physical manifestations of grandeur and ultimate comfort. Surely, Cristiano Ronaldo knows a thing or two about ultimate luxury cars!
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