At the end of last year, McLaren unveiled their most extreme road car ever – McLaren Senna. Now, taking Senna to new levels, McLaren have started their time at the Geneva Motor Show 2018 with an even more extreme track-only version.
Named the McLaren Senna GTR Concept, this incredible new racing car is being hailed as the fastest McLaren racing car outside of Formula One. Featuring more power, more downforce and a strictly limited run of just 75 examples, Senna GTR seems the perfect car to continue the GTR lineage that has previously featured the McLaren F1 GTR and McLaren P1 GTR.
Whilst exact technical specifications are to be released later this year, McLaren have confirmed that the McLaren Senna GTR Concept will be similar in weight to the road-legal version (1,198kg dry weight) and will feature the same rigid carbon fibre Monocage II structure.
Unlike the road-legal McLaren Senna, the GTR variant will feature race-style transmission, revised double wishbone suspension and Pirelli slick tyres.
Power still comes from McLaren’s 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 but, thanks to some wizardry from McLaren’s engineers, power is up from 800PS to at least 825PS and torque up from 800Nm to a yet to be revealed figure.
This power being combined with up to 1,000kg of downforce, McLaren say that Senna GTR Concept will lap any racing circuit faster than every other McLaren with the exception of only their Formula One efforts.
Talking of the new McLaren Senna GTR Concept, Mike Flewitt – McLaren Automotive CEO – said:
“Excelling on the track underpins the heritage of the McLaren brand and is as important and relevant today as it has ever been,
“The track-only McLaren Senna GTR will have more power, more grip and more downforce – up to 1,000kg – than the McLaren Senna and post even faster lap times; the very limited number of customers who secure this car will be buying the closest experience you can get to a race car without actually lining up on a circuit grid.”
As you’d expect, form follows function when it comes to the styling of the McLaren Senna GTR Concept. As such, the already aerodynamic exterior has received a host of racing car elements to help reach that 1,000kg of downforce figure. As you can see from the pictures, these features come in the form of a larger front splitter, a more aggressive rear diffuser and a wider floor.
As we mentioned earlier, a lot of details about the incredible new McLaren Senna GTR Concept are still to come – we’ll be sure to keep you up-to-date as they arrive. In the meantime, we’d like to hear your thoughts on McLaren’s new racing car on Facebook, Instagram and Linkedin.