McLaren Senna GTR Concept Throws Down The Gauntlet

Just when you thought the McLaren Senna was the epitome of the British brand’s current technology, the McLaren Senna GTR Concept has just been unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, taking things to new heights.

Despite having the word ‘Concept’ in its name, the McLaren Senna GTR has already been confirmed for production, following in the footsteps of the P1 GTR as a track-only model.

Underpinning the McLaren Senna GTR Concept is the same Monocage III structure as the ‘ordinary’ Senna. The GTR will weigh roughly the same as the road car but benefit from more grunt. At this stage, all McLaren has said is that horsepower will sit above 825 PS.

It is not the powertrain what really distinguishes the Senna GTR from the car on which it is based, however. Instead, the key differences lie in aerodynamics, including new front and rear fenders. An exceptionally huge front splitter and a rear diffuser fitting of a true race car are also present. These modifications will result in over 1000 kg of downforce, making the Senna GTR the fastest McLaren outside of Formula One.

McLaren chief executive Mike Flewitt has confirmed that up to 75 examples will be made for customers. To put that into perspective, there are 500 examples of the ordinary Senna bound for the production line. Exact technical specifications will be announced later this year and construction of the GTR will commence during 2019.

“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 McLaren Automotive Design engineering director Dan Parry-Williams.

“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.”

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  • Please McLaren bring this to Le Mans, we know you want to.

    • Bob

      They’re making a Senna GTE as well as the GTR, the GTE will go to Le Mans.

      • I would love to keep the GTR name for the WEC cars. It’s a great noda to F1 GTR.

        • Bob

          Yeah but it’ll compete in the GTE class racing, hence the name. The GTR will be the privately owned track car which will share the name. It’d be cool if they sell the GTE to private collectors as well IMO, they mightn’t though because it’ll compete with the GTR.

          • I know it will compete at GTE class.. But you don’t have to named them with it. And personally I like for GTR name to return to Le Mans rather than for track day car.

            I remember that GTE car wouldn’t be as fastest as track day car because they are limited by regulations to limit the performance.

          • Bob

            Well I’ve never seen a GT car that isn’t named after the class it races in. Also the GTR name has already been taken up already, the GTR will probably be faster too because it won’t have the regulations like you said.

          • Well Corvette is called C7.R, 911 is called RSR for example. And if we refer to old GT class we got stuff like F1 GTR, CLK GTR/LM and so forth.

            What do you mean by GTR name has been taken already?

          • Bob

            It’s already being used by the car above, the Senna GTR isn’t the GTE but it will confuse people if you have two different cars with identical names.

          • In my opinion it wouldn’t really matter really, and again this company makes many from heritage so my money is in GTR moniker.

          • Bob

            Ok, but with the P1, the GTR was the customer based track only version, they’ll do the same with Senna and they won’t confuse people with having two cars with the same name. Although they may make the GTR legal to race in GTE class racing and just have the one car, but I doubt it. If they don’t, they won’t confuse people by having two of the same cars with similar trims have the same name, which would happen.

  • Shobin Drogan

    Holyyyyyyy moly this thing is freaking gorgeous…I thought it was a render at first. Wow!

  • Patrick Siwczyk

    I do Not like the normal Senna in pictures but this is looking gorgeous!
    Looks Kind of retro in the back… and Great color

    • donald seymour

      I’m with you Patrick on this. I was thinking the same thing. I was like why does this looks more resolved than road version? But it is. And I love the rear end.

      • Bob

        Also the colours are the same from the P1 GTR Concept too, a nice throwback IMO

        • Agree the papaya orange mixed with black accents make some good impact.

  • Vassilis

    The diffuser!!!

    • Jan Mleziva

      that is a proper GTE-class size diffuser

  • Zandit75

    I’m going against the grain here, McLaren have go backwards so quickly since releasing the 720S design wise.
    The standard Senna looks ridiculous, the Carbon one shown off a week or so ago was even worse, and this is just horrible.
    I realise it’s a race car, but the ridiculous front and rear splitter would look more at home on a Japanese Bosozoku car.

  • Oliver Moore

    Insanity knows no limits.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    I…I think I love it…

    Announce Le Mans. Please…

  • disqus_83g6mJmr6l

    To the COOL WALL!

  • LWOAP

    That rear diffuser tho.

  • Neveele

    unreal…pushing the limits as always…

  • SteersUright

    Ugly as sin, but dying to read the reviews on how this beast drives!

  • Justin Su

    Hire me as McLaren Advisor or consultant.

    So I can slap the guy who didn’t paint this yellow and green

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