Lando Norris recently swapped his McLaren MCL35 for the ultimate electric toy car of 2020: The McLaren Senna Ride-on. Pushing out some powerful “kiddie watts” (kW), the baby-faced F1 driver had a roaring time while taking it for a whirl.
McLaren Automotive describes its latest children’s model as a “track-focused electrified model for the junior racing driver” and at a price of £375 (R8 311), this might be the McLaren your average driver on the street could actually afford…
McLaren Senna Ride-on the ‘ultimate accessory’
Hot on the heels of the McLaren 720S Ride-on launched in 2019, the new McLaren Senna Ride-on is the ultimate accessory for younger performance enthusiasts.
McLaren’s first kiddie supercar — the McLaren P1 — was launched in 2016.
The McLaren Senna Ride-on is modelled on McLaren’s most extreme track car, the unparalleled abilities of which are reflected in it bearing the name of three-time McLaren Formula 1 world champion, Ayrton Senna.
The McLaren Senna Ride-on is available in five authentic and eye-catching McLaren paint colours: Black, white, Mira orange, Vega blue and Memphis red.
A sixth, special edition colour – exclusive to McLaren retailers — of yellow with green accents echoes the colours of Ayrton’s race helmet for the most serious of budding racing drivers.
The McLaren Senna Ride-on features all the functions of 2019’s popular 720S Ride-on, including working dihedral doors to allow easy access.
Watch: Right on track — 2019’s Mclaren 720S Ride-on
Junior journeys: All the extras
Once inside, the young owner can begin their drive using an authentic push-button start which activates realistic McLaren Senna engine sounds.
Junior journeys can also be accompanied by music, played via an infotainment system that can access files from a USB device or SD card.
For precision handling, the model also features a working brake with brake light function. And while performance is understandably restricted compared to the real thing, the McLaren Senna Ride-on is set to become one of the most coveted automotive toys of 2020 and beyond.
Lando Norris: Youngest ever British Formula 1 Driver
The McLaren Senna Ride-on is aimed at three- to six-year-olds, although the 20-year-old Norris did manage to squeeze in the car and take it for a test drive.
Norris also raced at the end of July, sporting a new helmet design for his home race at Silverstone.
The talented budding designer was the six-year-old Eva Muttram who came out tops in a competition where fans could submit their helmet designs.
Spa-Francorchamps action awaits
Norris is currently seventh in F1’s drivers’ standings, 16 points ahead of McLaren teammate Carlos Sainz Jr, after scoring points in all six rounds to date except in the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Norris will race along with his Sainz this weekend in the 2020 Belgian Grand Prix, which takes place over 44 laps of the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on Sunday 30 August.