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For the same price: McLaren Senna £300,000 Carbon Theme

McLaren’s new addition to the Ultimate Series had a lot to live up to, especially being called the Senna ­­– you can’t just toss that name around, you know. It’s a bold move, so McLaren had to produced something special.

And fortunately, while not everyone can agree on the looks, pretty much everyone can agree that the McLaren Senna is an absolute track weapon and engineering marvel. It’s safe to say it’s worthy of the nameplate. All of this has a cost, however; and that cost is £750,00. Oh, and they’re also all sold out.

But, just for a second, imagine they weren’t all sold out and you had a chance to buy one. Say, for example, you had just over a million pounds burning a hole in your pocket. Would you buy a Senna and use the leftover cash to pay for a close-to-£300,000 Carbon Theme from MSO (McLaren Special Operations) – a 67 piece carbon weaved panel package taking 1,000 hours to produce? Or, would you buy a Senna and use the excess to pay for something like this…

One brand-new McLaren 720S

£218,000

Yes, for the same price as the Carbon Theme, you can have another McLaren. Not just any McLaren, but the next best thing to the Senna – the 720S; part of the Super Series. And while it won’t lap a circuit as quick as the crazy Senna, it can certainly put up a fight with performance close to that of the old P1 hypercar. The 720S’s 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 produces a massive 710bhp and allows for 0-60mph in just 2.8 seconds.

Thirty-seven used 2014 Ford Fiesta STs

£8,000 each

The legendary Ford Fiesta ST is one of the best hot hatches ever made – it’s an effortlessly amazing driver’s car. Its peppy 1.6-litre turbo and well-sorted chassis mean it’s playful and rewarding – so if you get bored of the Senna’s somewhat clinical and lap time-hungry nature, the ST will remind you that speed isn’t always a measure of fun. Not only that, but if you crash one, you’ll have 36 spares to choose from.

Fifteen brand-new Ford Fiesta STs

£18,995 each

Don’t need 37 Fiesta STs? Want to divide your money up by buying new ones instead so you have fewer cars at the end of it? Well, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that you’re getting, again, an amazing hot hatch and the amount of cars taking up space has been more than halved. The bad news is that you’re still left with fifteen cars.

Anyway, let’s get onto talking about the latest ST! The biggest change (and a controversial one) was the switch from a 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol to a 1.5-litre three-cylinder. These doubts were, however, quickly dealt with, as the 197bhp unit is just as frugal as the one it replaces, but even more powerful. The new ST remains a hoot, but is much more usable everyday than ever before.

One brand-new Rolls Royce Cullinan

£276,000

While the Senna is an amazing feat of engineering, you can’t deny that it isn’t the most practical car in the world – there’s no luggage space at all. Sure, it’s reasonably road usable compared to some other track cars, but having the Senna as your only car isn’t the best of ideas. With this in mind, we better get you something more, say, versatile. And as the budget is set at a fairly high £300,000, there are a lot of options – one of the most expensive being the new Rolls Royce Cullinan. It’s the pinnacle of luxury SUVs and is powered by a massive 6.75-litre twin-turbo V8. Just a shame it’s not prettier…

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