Just 12 months after it was revealed as a concept car at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show, the McLaren Senna GTR is revealed as a fully-fledged track machine–uncompromised, unconstrained and unshackled by road or racing regulations.
McLaren Automotive‘s most track-focused Ultimate Series car has evolved in key areas to deliver on its promise of hypercar power and accessible handling with the aerodynamics and chassis of a thoroughbred racer. The result is a machine able to lap circuits faster than any McLaren outside Formula 1, providing its owners, of all abilities, with an unparalleled track driving experience.
The McLaren Senna GTR takes the road-legal McLaren Senna–already the lightest, most powerful and track-focused but road-legal car that McLaren builds—several steps further into the realm of ultimate performance. Without the constraints of road or racing regulations, the new Ultimate Series car is more powerful, weighs less, boasts an incredible 2,205 lbs plus of aerodynamic downforce and uses suspension derived from McLaren’s GT3 race program.
“The McLaren Senna GTR is a perfect example of our determination to bring our customers the Ultimate expression of track driving performance and excitement,” said Mike Flewitt, chief executive officer, McLaren Automotive. “The McLaren Senna was designed from the outset to be an extreme track car, but the 2018 McLaren Senna GTR Concept suggested how much more further we could go and now, free from the constraints of road car legislation and motorsport competition rules, we have pushed the limits of what is technically possible to advance circuit driving capability to another level entirely.”
The McLaren Senna GTR is powered by the most extreme version yet of McLaren’s 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine. The M840TR unit, with electronically controlled twin-scroll turbochargers, produces 814 bhp with 800 Nm of torque. The extra 25 bhp over the engine in the McLaren Senna has been achieved by engine control recalibration and removing the secondary catalyst to reduce back pressure. Removing the catalyst also heightens the aural experience of driving the McLaren Senna GTR.
With 814 bhp and a lightest dry weight of 2,619 lbs, the 684 bhp-per ton power-to-weight ratio of the McLaren Senna GTR comfortably exceeds not only that of ‘regular’ McLaren Senna, but every other McLaren Automotive car for road or track currently in production.
The McLaren Senna GTR, which joins the McLaren Senna and McLaren Speedtail in the brand’s Ultimate Series, succeeds legendary predecessors the Le Mans-winning McLaren F1 GTR of 1995 and the McLaren P1 GTR of 2015 and keeps the name that honors the memory of three-times McLaren Formula 1 World Champion, Ayrton Senna.
Each new McLaren Senna GTR offers its owner virtually unlimited opportunities for personalization by McLaren Special Operations Options, from paint colors in the MSO Defined portfolio to unique, multi-hued liveries as an MSO Bespoke commission that imagines a wholly individual expression of track car artistry.
Just 75 McLaren Senna GTRs will be built to customer order at the McLaren Production Centre in Woking, UK, with first deliveries commencing September 2019. Priced from GBP1.1 million (over PHP74 million) plus taxes, all cars were allocated to owners within weeks of the order book opening following the McLaren Senna GTR Concept debuting at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show.