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Crashed Toy: 2019 McLaren Senna

For those with cubic dollars, we present the ultimate fixer-upper, here on Copart, this 2019 McLaren Senna. Crashed on the driver’s side with damage there and in the front, this black-on-black hypercar awaits its savior. The auction date has not yet been set; the “estimated retail value” is listed as $1.34 million, though as we will see, you can do better!  Thanks to Kyle K. for spotting this rarity. It is impossible to overstate the exotic qualities of this car. With just five hundred made at McLaren’s shop in Woking, England, this car is the culmination of years of engineering prowess concentrated on one goal: an uncompromising track car legal for road use. From the superlight carbon fibre tub and bodywork to its 789 bhp 4.0-liter twin-turbo engine, phenomenal downforce, seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, and strictly-for-racing interior, the McLaren Senna is as serious as its namesake, Ayrton Senna.

With a top speed of over 200 mph and a lightning-quick zero to sixty time of 2.8 seconds, this is the view most everyone will see when you blaze by. No worries about slowing down – the carbon ceramic brakes will bring you to a halt in 97 feet from 60 mph, and a spectacular 328 feet (about one city block) from 125 mph. Examine the car closely and you will see there’s barely any portion of the car that isn’t working to vent air, intake air, control air turbulence, or otherwise defeat …. air. That wing on the back? It will angle as required: flat for track speeds, and upright at a 90-degree angle for hard braking. Every iota of this car was thought and re-thought: even the color, Calibre Black, is the lightest weight color possible, requiring less liquid than any other to coat the car.

The powerplant is a dry-sump 4.0 liter V8 mounted just behind the seats, kicking your back with two twin-scroll turbos. A twin-scroll turbo reduces interference from variable exhaust pulses, increases power across the band, and allows for a cooler-running engine with almost zero turbo lag. Horsepower is an ungodly 789; torque comes in at 590 lb-ft. The transmission is a dual-clutch automatic (yes you have to shift, but there is no clutch pedal). In case you have designs on this for grocery-getting, the gas mileage hovers at about 16 mpg. That’s better than my ’74 Ford F250.

On the other hand, groceries are going to have to sit in the passenger’s seat, because there is absolutely zero luggage space. Not luxurious, the interior is replete with carbon fibre and Alcantara. A sound system is available and even that is feather-weight, but we advise skipping this option – the Senna is incredibly loud. And now, as we usually do in closing remarks, it is time to talk value: first of all, this McLaren is the base model! You could have a GTR or an LM or a GTR LM! All of these have more horsepower than our subject car. So keeping in mind we are on the lowest rung of the McLaren hypercar series, here’s a nice option, at less than $1.3 million! What a deal. Here’s one in Dubai, at under $1.5 million, but it has zero km. If you’re willing to tolerate some wear and tear, here’s one at just $843k. It has covered 3600 miles. I have no idea what the repair bill will be for this wrecked McLaren, but I’m going to hazard a guess that we’re looking at something under $800k as a final sales price.


  1. Howard A ( since 2014) Member

    Oh, I bet that was a tough phone call. “Hi dad/mom/grandpa? You’ll never guess what happened with the McLaren today, craziest thing”,( doesn’t dare say what really happened, think Eric Forman and Reds Corvette),”It’s okay, bubbalah, as long as you’re okay, we can always get another”,,,

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    • Michelle Rand Staff

      How about the call to the insurance company. Yikes.

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      • mike

        Wonder why the ins.co.wrote it off??

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    • Mark_K Member

      By ‘we can always get another’ are you referring to the car or the son/grandson/dis-owned person?

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    • Bigdave826

      A search on YouTube will show what happened with this car in particular. I will say they did own up to the accident and bought the poor girl that couldn’t avoid the car, a brand new suv to replace her totaled car.

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    • Trueflight

      This belonged to a YouTuber. It was back around Christmas time when it got t-boned (the other drivers fault). The worst part is that it was a friend of the owner who was driving it at the time. Everyone was ok though thankfully

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      • Bigdave826

        It was the guy driving the McLaren who was at fault. Watch the second video they posted about the Senna crash and they detail what happened. The kid/guy driving the Senna looked one way but not the other before pulling out and causing the crash.

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  2. Craig Baloga Craig Baloga Member

    Hmmmm….Richard Rawlings from Gas Monkey Garage did rebuild a GT40 that was in a condition similar (if not worse) then this Senna….there is hope…..


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    • PRA4SNW

      Wasn’t it a Ferrari F-40 with a bent frame that Gas Monkey brought back from the dead?

      Much more work than this one, but probably just as expensive to do.

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      • Howie

        PRA4SNW, they did both.

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  3. Des

    Don’t hyper cars when they get damage like this usually get sent back to the company? Especially with McLaren. When YouTuber Shmee150s McLaren Senna got in an accident it got sent back to McLaren and they rebuilt it there. I’ve also heard of Pagani and Bugatti doing this.

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  4. Dadeo 01

    This was part of the Hamilton Collection.
    Thought they were going to keep it after the wreck, apparently not. I’ve wasted some time on YouTube watching them drive the SNOT out of his cars.

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  5. Bill McCoskey Bill McCoskey Member

    My educated guess why the insurer wrote this one off the books is because the carbon fiber tub [basically the body/frame unit] is cracked in multiple places. Carbon fiber can flex, but on major impact it fractures. As it depends on large sheets of woven carbon strands to maintain strength, repairs to the carbon fiber panels are not always possible, requiring replacement of the entire carbon fiber structure.

    Note the left front wheel is sitting on a 2×4. That probably means the front suspension has been forced upwards and inwards to the point where at full down position, it’s still not touching the ground, and the car will rock back & forth, pivoting on the left rear and right front tires.

    Insurers today have 2 basic choices in how they settle the claim; either pay the costs of repair, or pay the value of the car. There is a good chance no shop wanted to attempt this repair, short of replacing the entire tub. That would mean sending the car back to McLaren in the UK, and basically rebuilding the car all over again.

    The insurer probably determined the correct [and guaranteed] repairs would likely exceed the value of the car, so they paid out the car’s value and are now selling the car on a salvage title, to recoup some of their financial loss.

    This vehicle will either be bought by someone for spare parts, or bought by someone who will take it to a 3rd world area where the labor is dirt cheap and a salvage USA title can be washed, and the completed car sold at a discount, to an unsuspecting buyer who thinks he’s getting a bargain.

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    • CJinSD

      There are youtube channels about guys who rebuild cars like this all the time. Maybe not McLaren Sennas; but Lamborghinis, Ferraris, and high-end Porsches are regularly bought at Copart and fixed. The threshold for totaling them seems incredibly low when dealing with cars that can be valued over half a million dollars. I wouldn’t be surprised to discover that this is a perk for the high-net-worth people who buy the cars new and insure them. They don’t want cars that have been fixed, so the insurance companies total them over fender-benders. The cost can be passed on to insurance customers who are not important.

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      • Allen L

        YouTuber Tavarish rebuilt a wrecked McLaren.
        Unfortunately the engine in it grenaded recently.
        I doubt even he would try to restore this Senna.

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  6. Joe Machado

    So, all the Aero forces failed to function.
    No, wait, it was someone called a driver.
    Who thought they knew how to drive.
    I’ll pass on this one.
    My Dodge Nascar Challenger has a carbon fibre hood with a crease at contact with hood hinges and will not correct itself. So, I live with it.

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  7. PJ

    its also possible the car was sitting still when hit and the driver was not at fault… there may not have been anyone in the car at all.

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  8. Ike Onick

    Let this being a warning to all the other Saudi princes driving these in London.

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  9. SRyan

    From the Hamilton Collection.
    They drive their Super and Hyper Cars Hard. I believe someone ran into it. It’s on YouTube.

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  10. TS

    No matter how you frame it, it’s still a wrecked vehicle with a salvage title. I wouldn’t even consider a dime over $500K for it. $800K or higher you might as well suck it up and go buy a brand-new exotic. It just doesn’t make any sense in that range because you’d obviously have the money to buy new.

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  11. Karl

    Can you imagine the cost of parts to fix a car like this? My simple brain cannot even guess!

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  12. Troy

    You used to be able to get these exotic cars fairly cheap from Copart and IAAI then a couple of YouTube channels of people buying them cheap and rebuilding it themselves took off and now they bring this kind of money in this condition and it doubled and trippled the price of everything else at Copart and IAAI and that’s one reason I stopped flipping as a side hustle. I do miss the easy fix cars as a flip

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  13. Howie

    Looks like another case of a high performance car with a low performance driver.

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    • Trueflight

      Nope, it was completely the other person’s fault. Someone ran a stop suing and t-boned it. Check out the Hamilton Collection youtube channel a month or so back. This is their car

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  14. Frank Sumatra

    I love the image of a CoPart tow truck driver smoking a stogie and flashing major butt crackage while slding underneath it to get it hooked up.

    Here is some additional rference data from Broad Arrow Capital- 2015 McLaren P1 financing data for Amelia Island Auction: Estimated sales price: $1,985,000. Down payment: $794,000. Estimated Monthly payment (Interest rate and length of loan TBD) $10,917.50.

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  15. Jamie

    Carbon fibre is cracked and is extremely difficult to repair. The pic with the vin number shows the crack that runs through the bottom of the door jamb, which is the chassis. Huge undertaking.

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  16. Karl

    Jamie I have a 17 Z06 Corvette and in that car the will not fix the carbon fiber pieces they only replace them. Can you imagine replacing the frame on this car?

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    • Jamie

      Good lord, that would be a hair-pulling-out scenario. I have a bad enough time restoring 60’s muscle cars. I wouldn’t even attempt it to anything like this, or your Corvette!

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  17. nlpnt

    As a car modeler with a taste for oddball models of ordinary cars the Tamiya version of this car has been the bane of my existence since it came out. People keep saying they finished the Senna kit and I keep reading it as “Sienna”, and get my hopes up for a Tamiya model kit of a US-spec Toyota minivan for a brief instant…

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