If you were a big fan of racing legend Ayrton Senna, who died 25 years ago today in a tragic wreck in the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, this amazing video from the UK’s Carfection is one way to honor his memory. Senna’s namesake McLaren supercar might not be easy on the eyes, but it’s definitely a dose of adrenaline to the heart when it’s being spanked on English B-roads.
Carfection’s Henry Catchpole straps himself into the Senna’s serious-looking racing harness and snug cockpit for a blast around thatched-roof country, sending 789 horsepower of rippling soundwaves from the Senna’s triple-port exhaust across the countryside. Normally the Senna, with its advanced active aero system, is more at home on a race track, but Catchpole is delighted with how entertaining the car is—even with all the electronic nannies on.
After cutting a swath on twisty paths through some of the same regions where Senna may have himself enjoyed during his time living in England, Catchpole heads to Donington Park Circuit to relive a bit of history from the ferociously rainy 1993 European Grand Prix. Senna was driving the McLaren MP4/8, and despite being in fifth place on the final lap, he pulled out an amazing victory with a spectacular overtake past rival Alain Prost.
Check out the full video to see the Senna in action, from country road to race track. And do yourself a favor—put on your headphones.