The team at McLaren clearly wishes to go back to Le Mans, but before such ambitions can flourish, Woking had to come up with an even faster Senna, one that isn't compromised by such frivolities as a license plate. Meet the Senna GTR, one of only 75 to be made.
The Senna GTR being shown today at the Geneva Motor Show is purely a concept car, due to the fact that McLaren hasn't really started development yet. That holy work will have to wait until summer, when the "standard" Senna enters production.
What McLaren does know already is that the track-only edition will have 825 horses compared to the road car's 800, more than 2200 lbs of downforce thanks to an even larger active rear wing, more extreme fixed aero elements with a wider track front and rear, Pirelli slicks, a sequential gearbox, polycarbonate windows, and last but not least, side pipes, endurance-racing style.
But while the GTR's front splitter and rear diffuser could put any GT champion to shame, the FIA's rules don't apply to McLaren's customer race car. That means the Senna can retain its high-tech brake-assisted steering as well as its active suspension, perhaps upgraded with even more aerodynamic wishbones. However, the road car's fancy Brembo carbon ceramic brakes are gone, replaced by AP Racing's beefy track setup.
McLaren intends to build "up to" 75 Senna GTRs, and for your £1 million taxes (roughly $1.4 million at today's rates), expect to get a car that's nearly as quick around a circuit as a Formula 1 car. The promised driving experience is helped by having more torque, more horsepower, more downforce and roughly the same weight figure as a grocery-getter Senna.
Next stop, perhaps: Lanzante?