“…the closest experience you can get to a race car without actually lining up on a circuit grid.”Mike Flewitt, CEO, McLaren Automotive
Exact technical details of the McLaren Senna GTR will be confirmed later this year. The Senna GTR is based around the same carbon fibre Monocage III structure as the McLaren Senna to ensure the core strength and rigidity needed for the track car. The Senna GTR will be similar in weight to the 1,198 kg (2,641 lbs) road-legal McLaren Senna. With more power from the 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine, anticipated to be 814 hp, and the additional benefit of a race-style transmission, revised double wishbone suspension, Pirelli slick tires, and up to 1,000 kg (2,204 lbs) of downforce, the McLaren Senna GTR will also post the quickest lap times of any McLaren sports car.
“The McLaren Senna was designed from the outset with the full spectrum of road and track requirements in mind, so developing a GTR version is within the scope of the original project,” said Dan Parry-Williams, McLaren Automotive Design Engineering Director. “The McLaren Senna GTR Concept unveiled in Geneva is not the finished article but it does give a clear indication of our thinking for the car, which promises to be the most extreme and exciting McLaren to drive for many years, if not ever.”
The front splitter of the McLaren GTR Concept is larger than the road-car component and contributes to improved front aerodynamic performance, as does the rear diffuser which is both larger and extends further back. The rear deck is the lowest of any McLaren and aids both aerodynamic performance and cooling, as well as helping to optimise the performance of the active rear wing.
The design of the doors benefits aerodynamic efficiency, the outer skin being ‘pushed in’ as far as possible towards the centre of the car to better channel airflow. Unlike the road-legal McLaren Senna, the McLaren Senna GTR will feature a polycarbonate ‘ticket’ window.
The most extreme McLaren car ever will be hand-assembled in Woking, England, in 2019.