McLaren launch Senna GTR. Because the normal Senna isn’t hard core enough!
When the McLaren Senna was launched, it immediately became the most track-focused road car the company had ever produced. According to the company, it was designed with the single-minded purpose of providing the most engaging and intuitive driving experience ever.
However, they have since decided it wasn’t quite enough and that ethos has been taken to the next level.
Free of any road car regulations, McLaren have produced the car without any of the compromises that come with having to make it road legal. The track-only GTR is even lighter, even more powerful, and – most impressively – creates even more downforce: 1,000kg to be precise. That’s literally one tonne of pressure pinning it to the road.
It comes courtesy of redesigned bodywork, which features a wider front and rear track, broader bumpers, a larger front splitter and rear diffuser, and a repositioned active rear wing. Airflow from the diffuser is ‘coupled’ to the wing to increase low-speed downforce, making the car’s limits more approachable for drivers of all abilities.
The GTR shares its 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine with the road-legal McLaren Senna, but track-only modifications have led to more power and greater torque than the 800PS and 800Nm developed in the road car. Horsepower will increase to at least 825PS and, therefore, the car will be faster than the road model in a straight line.
Further alterations include the additional benefit of a race-style transmission, revised double-wishbone suspension, Pirelli slick tyres, and a new wheel design developed specifically for circuit use. Freed from the need to comply with restrictive road legislation and unbound from the limitations of motorsport regulations, the McLaren Senna GTR Concept features a significantly enhanced rear diffuser. The aerodynamic package creates 200kg more than the road car.
The McLaren Senna GTR uses a double-wishbone suspension system derived from the GT3 race programme. Fitted with Pirelli slick tyres, the car is projected to deliver more than 3g of deceleration, an astonishing 20 percent more than the road car.
In the pursuit of even lighter weight, the airbags, infotainment screen and folding driver display have been removed, and the car has been fitted with a race-style steering wheel. However, the car retains air conditioning, something owners will certainly appreciate when wearing their full race kit during high-adrenaline track driving.
The McLaren Senna GTR will be powered by a 4.0 twin-turbocharged V8, producing 825PS – 25 more than the road-going car – and 800Nm of torque. Combined with the reduced weight, it will see a power-to-weight ratio that comfortably exceeds that of the road car.
McLaren do not throw the GTR tag around lightly. The first to use the GTR name was the Legendary Mclaren F1 GTR that won Le Mans in 1995, followed by the P1 GTR. The McLaren Senna GTR will be only the third.
Production will be limited to 75 cars – all of which have now been sold at a cost of over £1m each – with deliveries beginning in September 2019. Sadly this means the GTR is one of the greatest supercars you won’t be able to buy.