McLaren Senna Sets Lap Record At Virginia International Raceway, Easily Eclipsing A 911 GT2 RS

The McLaren Senna has set a new production car lap record at Virginia International Raceway’s Grand Course during Car and Driver’s annual Lightning Lap event.

In the run-up to this year’s Lightning Lap, the fastest street-legal vehicle Car and Driver had sent around the difficult circuit was a Porsche 911 GT2 RS with a time of 2:37.8, putting it more than 1.5 seconds ahead of a 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and 1.9 seconds faster than a 2018 McLaren 720S. Well, the Senna managed to make the GT2 RS’s time seem slow.

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With racing ace Andre D’Cruze behind the wheel and the car’s Race mode enabled, it recorded a blistering time of 2:34.9, an extraordinary 2.9 seconds faster than the GT2 RS. The publication believes this time will probably stand for a number of years.

Powering the McLaren Senna is a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine with a claimed 789 hp and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm) of torque although dyno tests have shown the car may have a little more oomph than that. However, it is not insane power that makes the Senna so fast around a circuit. It’s downforce.

The track-focused street car delivers up to 1,763 lbs (800 kg) of downforce and this helps glue it to the Virginia International Raceway’s tarmac, with its series of high-speed corners where the car’s insane levels of grip can really be put to the test. The Senna is also very light, tipping the scales at just 3,030 lbs (1,374 kg) thanks to its extensive use of carbon fiber.


  • Six_Tymes

    beating the RS2 is certainly impressive.

  • Ben

    The Viper ACR is one of my hero cars and posted a lap time of 2:40. Impressive, but I’ve got to hand it to Porsche and McLaren. Although, it should be noted the Viper’s time was posted by Chris Wrinkler, who is not a professional driver, but a passionate engineer.

  • it’s like a “confused roadworkers country road” other than a raceway.

    • Stigasawuswrecks

      I go there every year and I love it.

  • Matteo Tommasi

    The time will stand until someone brings in an Aston Valkyrie.

  • donald seymour

    No one is going to mention that the Vette is faster than the Mac 720s?

    • Belthronding

      such an ultra underrated car

    • Ben

      I get the feeling so many people looked over it because everyone was expecting the C8 to release(image and stats) publicly. Also, the ZR1 was relatively low production, right? You don’t see many outside of Cars & Coffee or Corvette meets.

      • donald seymour

        I don’t believe the ZR1 is low production.

        • Ben

          You’re right, not low production like some exotic vehicles, but low for Corvette standards. Chevy built just under 3,000 examples, a thousand more than the C6 ZR1 annual production rate.

          2,441 ZR1 coupes | 512 ZR1 Convertibles

    • Stigasawuswrecks

      The 720S didn’t have the same Cup 2 tires the ZR1 had. It mentioned it in the Lightning Lap article last year.

    • ErnieB

      The new C8 z51 beats the Senna’s 0-60 times all while costing $900000 less.

  • 2:37 ?? surely a typo, Spec Miata’s run 2:14’s ….

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      VIR full course?

      No they don’t.

  • HG504

    Wow breaking. McLaren roadcar designed for trackdays in mind with almost 100hp more, breaks GT2 RS laptime.

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