2020 McLaren Senna GTR
The closest thing to a Formula One car!by Ciprian Florea, on
The McLaren Senna is an upcoming, track-only variant of the radical Senna supercar. Named after famed F1 driver Ayrton Senna, the supercar will also pay tribute to the iconic F1 GTR in race-spec trim. Previewed by the Senna GTR Concept at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the track-bound supercar will arrive in production form in 2019.
McLaren is already testing the Senna GTR, and our paparazzi spotted the car a couple of times on the track. The supercar is still camouflaged though, and it appears that it’s still missing important parts from its aerodynamic package. But the British firm unveiled a few details about the track-only vehicle, and we will discuss them in the speculative review below.
2020 McLaren Senna GTR
2020 McLaren Senna GTR Exterior
- Heavily based on Senna
- Bigger splitter
- Modified wing
- New rear diffuser
- More extreme aerodynamics
- Carbon-fiber body
- 2,205 pounds of downforce!
Having already seen the concept car, it’s easy to assume that the production model will look almost the same. But while the Geneva concept looked ready to go into production and McLaren did a similar trick with the P1 GTR, we might see a few significant changes when the supercar arrives in 2019.
Interestingly enough, the camouflaged prototype looks very similar to the road-legal Senna.
Aside from the vents added to the front fenders and some changes to the side skirts, I’m finding it really hard to find differences. This doesn’t mean that the GTR will look a lot like the regular supercar though. But it also doesn’t necessarily mean that McLaren will make big changes to the prototype until it goes in production.
While the GTR concept looks really cool with its massive splitter, long diffuser, and redesigned side skirts, they might not make it into production in this form. Word has it the concept could be based on the GTE-spec Le Mans racer that McLaren canceled recently and that the Senna GTR will look a bit milder.
But no matter how wild it will look, it's a given that it will feature a carbon-fiber body with wider fenders to make room for the widened tracks front and rear.
The splitter will be bigger than the standard Senna’s, as will the active wing. The latter will be repositioned though in order to obtain more downforce at lower speeds. According to McLaren, this will be done by "coupling the wing to the airflow from the diffuser."
Speaking of which, McLaren says the GTR will develop 2,205 pounds of downforce at high speeds! That’s 441 pounds more than the road-legal Senna and a whopping 882 pounds more than the P1.
While it might not feature the big diffuser seen on the concept car, the GTR will definitely sport a race-spec element and a modified bumper below the rear fascia. The engine hood should be different too as McLaren will need to improve cooling. Revised side skirts and race-spec rims wrapped in slick tires will round out the exterior of the Senna GTR.
- Race-oriented design
- No luxury features
- Bespoke instrument cluster
- No infotainment
- Race-spec steering wheel
- FIA-approved racing harness
- Passenger-seat delete?
McLaren didn’t publish photos of the GTR Concept’s interior, so it all remains a mystery for now, but it’s safe to say that the race-spec model will have a more race-oriented cockpit than the regular Senna. Not that the Senna isn’t already a no-nonsense supercar inside the cabin, but McLaren will probably make a few changes.
While the rotating instrument cluster could remain in place (although only in its slim position), the vertical infotainment display will probably disappear to make way for a race-spec center stack with buttons and switches. The steering wheel will also be replaced with a controller-type unit with new controls on the side spokes.
The floors and the door panels will be stripped off to bare carbon-fiber, while the already sporty seats will be replaced with even more aggressive carbon-fiber units with FIA-approved racing harnesses.
Heck, McLaren might even opt to delete the passenger seat since it won’t be mandatory for the Senna-specific events it will create for its customers.
2020 McLaren Senna GTR Drivetrain
- 4.0-liter V-8
- More than 814 horsepower
- 590 pound-feet of torque
- 0 to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds
- 200+ mph top speed
- McLaren’s quickest track car ever
When it launched the concept at the Geneva Motor Show, McLaren also released some bits of information about the drivetrain. Just like the road-going car, the GTR will draw juice from the twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 engine.
However, upgraded internals will increase output to "at least" 814 horsepower.
That’s an extra 25 horsepower compared to the standard Senna, but the GTR could get a bit more than that. Torque is likely to remain unchanged at 590 pound-feet though.
But will the GTR be quicker in a straight line? Well, the extra 25-to-30 horses might not be enough to slash a tenth-second off the Senna’s already impressive 2.7-second benchmark, but it doesn’t really matter.
The GTR will post the quickest lap times of any McLaren, except for the company’s F1 cars
McLaren’s goal with the GTR is to score quicker lap times, and this where aerodynamics and downforce matter more than horsepower. On the other hand, top speed could drop from the Senna’s 211-mph rating to a little below 210 mph.
McLaren says that the massive downforce and the slick tires, combined with the race-spec transmission and revised double wishbone suspension will enable the Senna GTR to post the quickest lap times of any McLaren, except for the company’s Formula One cars. Now that’s something to get excited about!
2020 McLaren Senna GTR Pricing
McLaren did not release pricing information for the Senna GTR as of this writing, but we do know that production will be capped to 75 units. That’s a significant decrease compared to the regular Senna’s production of 500 examples, but not a surprising move from McLaren. GTR-badged supercars are usually exclusive.
Not only is it limited to only a few units, but the Senna GTR isn’t for everyone. Only loyal customers, likely those who already own a Senna, will have access to the track-only supercar.
So how much will it cost? Well, given that the Senna retails from £750,000 including taxes in the United Kingdom, the track-prepped, limited-edition supercar could fetch well in excess of £1 million. That’s a lot of cash, but it will cost less than its predecessor, the McLaren P1 GTR, which was priced at almost £2 million. U.S. pricing should jump over the $1.3 million. But worry not, all 75 units are already sold.
2020 McLaren Senna GTR Competition
What makes cars like the Senna GTR special is that they’ve been developed for track use only. And in most cases, buying one doesn’t include the possibility to take it home. The cars are stored by the company and taken out of the garage and given to their owners only during specific track events. This was the case with the LaFerrari-based Ferrari FXX K, but that supercar is a bit old for the upcoming Senna GTR.
Although it’s also sold out, the Vulcan is a more recent and more appropriate competitor for the Senna GTR. But unlike the McLaren, the Vulcan isn’t based on a road-going supercar. Aston Martin designed it for scratch and conceived it as a track-only vehicle (although RML Group converted a unit to road-legal specs), so it’s a full-fledged race car that can handle just about any track in the world. Under the hood lurks a 7.0-liter V-12 engine rated at an impressive 820 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. This where things are radically different compared to the Senna GTR. Not only the Vulcan comes with a naturally aspirated mill, but it’s also mounted in front of the driver and not behind the seats. Only 24 units were built and each was sold for at least $2.3 million.
Read our full story on the 2016 Aston Martin Vulcan.
With the FXX K long and gone, Ferrari is likely already working on a track-ready supercar. However, before we get to see it, we will have to wait for Maranello to unveil the road-legal successor to the LaFerrari. This will probably happen in 2020. Most likely the new Ferrari-badged supercar will feature a hybrid drivetrain centered around a V-12 engine, but an all-electric setup is also possible. The track-only version could have a V-12 only though. No matter what’s under the shell, this supercar should come with at least 1,000 horsepower on tap and some impressive lap times. Expect it to cost well in excess of $2 million.
Read our full review of the 2021 Ferrari LaFerrari Successor.
If you ever wanted to drive a Formula One car on the world’s most exciting race tracks, than the Senna GTR is the closest thing to that experience. Sure, you won’t be able to drive one if you don’t own a regular Senna already, but you know what I mean. Already the most extreme supercar out there in terms of aerodynamics, the Senna will become even more radical with the GTR package. It sounds impossible I know, but McLaren managed to push the boundaries with the Speedtail and it will do the same with the Senna GTR. I mean seriously know, 2,205 pounds of downforce? Not only it’s way more than a P1 can generate, but it’s about two thirds of the P1’s curb weight!
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