The iconic LM badge returns to celebrate McLaren’s Le Mans success

The 2020 McLaren Senna LM is a limited-edition supercar build by the McLaren Special Operations division. Designed to commemorate 25 years since the iconic McLaren F1 GTR won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1995, the 2020 Senna LM is a spiritual successor to the P1 LM, which in turn followed the iconic F1 LM. Unlike other versions of the Senna, the Senna LM wasn’t commissioned by McLaren. This supercar, limited to just five units, was commissioned by the McLaren Orlando and McLaren North Jersey dealerships, so it’s a U.S.-exclusive model.

  • 2020 McLaren Senna LM
  • Year:
    2020
  • Make:
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  • Engine:
    V8
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    814
  • Torque @ RPM:
    590
  • Displacement:
    4.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    2.7 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    211 mph
  • Price:
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What makes the 2020 McLaren Senna LM Special?

  • Vented front fenders
  • aluminum OZ wheels
  • LM decals
  • Gold-tinted exhaust pipes
  • Orange color
  • bespoke pedals
  • LM badges and embroidery inside
  • GTR engine
  • gold headshield
  • limited to five units
  • U.S. only
2020 McLaren Senna LM Exterior
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Design-wise, the Senna LM is mostly a standard Senna with some upgrades.

The first thing that catches the eye in the front are the vents in the upper fenders, just above the headlamps. These are clearly a tribute to the race-spec F1 GTR, and we can find something similar on the original F1 LM too. The car’s profile boasts just a couple of changes compared to the regular Senna. The supercar rides on center-lock aluminum wheels from OZ, while the side skirts and the wing panels both feature "LM" decals. The rear is again identical to the standard Senna, but the four exhaust pipes that come up through the area above the fascia are finished in a unique satin gold color. The rear fascia boasts an "MSO" badge. Finally, the Senna LM is finished in McLaren Orange, a tribute to the company’s iconic Papaya Orange. The latter was used on the iconic F1 LM, and it was based on the racing color that McLaren featured in the Can-Am series in the 1960s.

2020 McLaren Senna LM Interior
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The interior of the Senna LM is draped in orange upholstery that matches the exterior paint, but it also features bespoke pedals finished in Titanium Nitride. The seats include "LM" embroidery on the headrests, but you’ll also find a badge with yellow "LM" lettering that confirms the car is one of only five produced. The Senna LM also includes a special commemorative decal that includes the date when the McLaren F1 GTR won the 24 Hours of Le Mans race.

The Senna LM is actually a Senna GTR under the hood.

This limited-edition model is powered by the twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 engine that cranks out 814 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque in the GTR model. That’s 25 horsepower more than the standard McLaren Senna, while torque is identical. The LM features a couple of updates, too, including polished ports and cylinder heads, as well as a 24-carat gold heatshield for the engine bay, just like the original McLaren F1 has.

2020 McLaren Senna LM Exterior
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Theres no word on performance yet, but the Senna LM should be just as quick as the standard Senna and hit 60 mph from a standing start in 2.7 seconds. Top speed should be identical at 211 mph.

2020 McLaren Senna LM specifications
Engine 4.0-liter twin turbocharged V8
Horsepower 814 HP
Torque 590 LB-FT
Dry weight 2,619 lbs
Transmission 7-speed plus reverse Seamless Shift Gearbox (SSG)
0 to 60 mph 2.7 seconds
Top Speed 211 mph
2020 McLaren Senna LM Interior
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There’s no information on the LM’s price either, but expect it to cost notably more than the Senna, which retails from around $1 million. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that each LM costs more than the Senna GTR itself, which comes in at around $1.7 million. But despite the expensive sticker, McLaren Orlando and McLaren North Jersey will have no issues in finding five customers for these exclusive supercars.

McLaren LM heritage

1995 McLaren F1 LM Exterior
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McLaren introduced the first LM-badged model, the F1 LM, in 1995. Production of the F1 LM followed the company’s triumph at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and it was essentially a road-legal version of the F1 GTR. Compared to the standard F1, the F1 LM was some 130 pounds lighter; it featured aerodynamics derived from the GTR race car, and a race-spec GTR engine without the FIA-spec restrictors. This resulted in a total output of 671 horsepower, 53 more than the regular F1. Updates also included better brakes and a revised gearbox and clutch. The F1 LM needed 3.9 seconds to hit 60 mph on its way to a top speed of 225 mph. McLaren built five LM cars plus a prototype. All cars were painted in Papaya Orange.

2017 McLaren P1 LM High Resolution Exterior
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The LM badge returned for the first time in 2016 on the P1, the company’s spiritual successor to the F1. The P1 LM was developed by Lanzante Motorsport, which commissioned MSO to built a further six new P1 GTRs after production of the P1 was complete. Lanzante basically turned the P1 GTR into a road-legal vehicle by installing a catalytic converter pipes and exhaust headers, but also removed the air-jack system and modified the aerodynamics. The P1 LM turned out 132 pounds lighter than the P1 GTR, while also generating 40-percent more downforce. Five of the six P1 LMs were sold to customers, while the sixth car, a prototype, was retained for development and testing of future models.

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Twenty-five years ago, the iconic McLaren F1 GTR challenged other racing veterans at the historic 24 Hours of Le Mans for the very first time. McLaren not only qualified but crushed the competition to bring home five finishes leading to the most successful debut in the race’s history.

To celebrate the original victory back in 1995, and honor Bruce McLaren’s memory, a limited-run of 5 GTR-style McLaren F1 cars were built for the road. These very special cars were not typical McLaren F1s; they were enhanced to create a tribute true to Bruce McLaren’s dream – to create a genuine race car experience on the road.

Redesigned cam covers, and an engine tune provided more horsepower, while weight was reduced, and aerodynamics were improved, through the use of GTR-style bodywork. The cars were painted in Papaya Orange – to pay homage to the Can-Am sports cars of the 60s and the McLaren racing colors. The F1 LM cars are considered to be the fastest iteration of an already record-breaking McLaren, and with so few made they have become a highly coveted collectors’ car in the past quarter of a century.

Now, to commemorate the Silver Anniversary of this historic win, and these iconic cars, McLaren Orlando and McLaren North Jersey proudly present the Senna LM – specially commissioned for the US market.

Inspired by the original F1 LMs, these 5 limited-edition, bespoke Senna’s – painted in McLaren Orange – have had several factory upgrades to represent the epitome of the McLaren Senna’s true road capability. The most track-focused road car McLaren has ever built, the Senna has consistently set the fastest lap times of any McLaren to date.

The new McLaren Senna LMs, commissioned by McLaren Orlando and McLaren North Jersey from McLaren Special Operations (MSO) in Woking, England, have the same power as the pure, track-only Senna GTR at 814hp. These exclusive Senna’s are more than just a bespoke paint livery, to pay homage to the original F1 LM cars these tributes feature upgrades such as: new polished ports and cylinder heads for the (more powerful) engine, OZ aluminum wheels, quad exhausts tipped in satin gold, bespoke aerodynamically-enhanced bodywork, a 24k gold heatshield, fully bespoke interior including Titanium Nitride foot pedals, racing centre locks, and bespoke LM branding for both the interior and exterior.

McLaren Orlando and McLaren North Jersey are solely McLaren Retailers and offer some very exclusive vehicles – including these 5 Senna LM’s for the North American market. As Retailers, they are committed to bringing breathtaking performance and unparalleled experiences to McLaren owners, McLaren lovers, and their local communities.

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