The McLaren Senna GTR LM is a series of unique cars that pay tribute to McLaren’s 1995 Le Mans campaign

The 2020 McLaren Senna GTR LM is a limited-edition version of the Senna GTR. A customer-commissioned series, the 2020 Senna GTR LM was designed as a tribute to McLaren’s 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans campaign, which saw the F1 GTR win the race for the very first time. The 2020 Senna GTR LM is limited to five units, each designed as a homage to the five F1 GTR race cars that finished the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans in first, third, fourth, fifth, and 13th positions. The 2020 Senna GTR LM shouldn’t be confused with the 2020 Senna LM.The latter also celebrates 25 years since McLaren won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and it’s also limited to five cars, but it was commissioned by two U.S. McLaren dealerships. And while the Senna LM is based on the regular Senna, the Senna GTR LM is built around the track-only Senna GTR model.

What makes the 2020 McLaren Senna GTR LM special?

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The McLaren Senna GTR LM remains true to the GTR’s already familiar design.

The British made only small changes to the car, mostly to showcase their exclusivity and spiritual relationship with the iconic F1 GTR.

While the LMs are essentially GTRs in terms of design and aerodynamics, they do feature OZ Racing wheels in a bespoke five-spoke design and brake calipers in satin gold and suspension wishbones in anodized gold. These gold accents are also a nod to the original F1.

Each GTR LM is fitted with a dedication plaque on the inner surface of the carbon-fiber tub, denoting each car’s one-off status and its original F1 GTR chassis number identifier. Each car also wears an etched plaque that includes the date of the race, the names of the three race drivers in the car they pay tribute to, and the position in which they finished.

Liveries that match the 1995 McLaren F1 GTR race cars

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Each Senna GTR LM features a hand-painted livery that replicates the design of each of the 1995 season cars. Every car took more than 800 hours to paint, and the attention to detail is top-notch.

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This chassis is a homage to the F1/01R, the car that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1995. Often called the "Ueno Clinic car," it’s finished in a charcoal grey livery and features Japanese sponsor Ueno Clinic. MSO recreated the color and called it Ueno Grey and features the same no. 59 decals, as well as the unique driving lamps. The wheels are also finished in Ueno Gray

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An homage to F1 chassis F1/06R, it features the already iconic yellow and green livery and the name of British department store Harrods. McLaren combined Solar Yellow, and Heritage Green paints for this livery, with a green pinstripe and green detailing within the front splitter. This car wears number 51 and finished third at Le Mans.

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This is a recreation of the Gulf-liveried, no. 24 car (F1/02R) that finished the race in fourth place.

Arguably the most iconic livery of any F1 GTR, the Gulf paint scheme was recreated by MSO from new but very similar colors dubbed Gulf 95 Blue and Gulf 95 Orange. The latter adorns the rear diffuser, rear wing, lower sill, and front blades. The wheels are also finished in this vivid orange, while the lower sills and roof stripe are painted in Gulf 95 Silver. The Golf Oil logo also appears on the hood and the doors.

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An homage to chassis F1/07R, also known as "The Jacadi car", it was run by a French-based customer with number 50. It finished in fifth place, a lap behind the Gulf-liveried car. This car was painted in the royal blue colors specific to French-owned race car, a color that’s been recreated by McLaren as Le Mans Blue. The body color is complemented by Polaris, a metallic blue, and the logos of French oil company Elf.

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The last of the five cars pays tribute to "The Cesar car," chassis F1/05R, that finished the race in 13th position, wearing number 42.

Run by French team Societe BBA, it featured a more artistic livery that combined grey, black, and white details over a silver body color. The livery of the Senna GTR LM isn’t an exact copy of the original, as McLaren chose to create a modern reinterpretation. The artwork on the car now includes several new elements, such as pole position lap times, race trophies, and Le Mans branding cues. This livery required several thousand hours of work and took the longest to paint.

The exclusive interior

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The layout of the GTR LM’s cabin remains the same as the regular GTR, but it features a few extras that you can’t have on other models. Highlights include a steering wheel with gold shift paddles and buttons, titanium nitride pedals with "LM" logos, leather door-pull straps, and carbon seats with embroidered headrests.

A more powerful engine

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While the Senna LM was a road-going Senna with a GTR engine, the Senna GTR LM features a more powerful version of the GTR’s mill. Upgrades to the twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 include valve spring retainers made from metal matrix composite (65-percent lighter), higher-grade steel for the valve springs, and hand-polished cylinder heads. The recalibrated electronics help increase power to 833 horses, 19 horsepower more than the regular Senna GTR. That’s also 44 horsepower more than the standard, road-going Senna model.

McLaren also revised the engine’s torque curve characteristics, so now it delivers more torque at lower revs and enables a rev limit set closer to 9,000 rpm than the 8,250 rpm limit of the Senna GTR. Torque figures remain unchanged at 590 pound-feet. Finally, the GTR’s Inconel exhaust system has been further enhanced by the addition of specially designed LM twin-exit pipes.

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All five cars have been completed and will be delivered to customers in the United States, Europe, and the United Kingdom. McLaren says that the value of these cars "remains undisclosed unless the owners choose to share this detail." Considering the upgrades, the amount of customization, and the uniqueness of the series, it’s safe to say that the Senna GTR LM was sold for significantly more than the regular Senna GTR. The latter retailed from around $1.7 million, so each Senna GTR LM was probably sold for anywhere from $2.5 to $3 million.

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
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Five unique McLaren Senna GTRs, created in celebration of the McLaren F1 GTR race cars that dominated the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race in an astonishing display of motorsport achievement that included overall victory, are today revealed by McLaren Special Operations (MSO).

Designated McLaren Senna GTR LM, the five customer-commissioned cars are the latest examples of what is possible when MSO is engaged to undertake unique and bespoke projects. Each is designed and crafted as an homage to one of the five McLaren F1 GTRs that finished the race, crossing the line in 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 13th positions - an unforgettable achievement given that this was the first time McLaren had raced at Le Mans, and coming only three years since its first production road car – the McLaren F1 – had been introduced.

The five cars each wear a bespoke, hand-painted livery that either replicates or pays tribute to the design of each of the 1995 cars. The attention to detail is such that every McLaren Senna GTR LM took at least 800 hours to paint, with individual cars far exceeding that.

“The incredible cars of the McLaren Senna GTR LM collection are an exceptionally fitting way to celebrate the 25th anniversary of our Le Mans victory in 1995,’” commented Mike Flewitt, CEO of McLaren Automotive. “That achievement is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest endurance racing performances of all time, but for McLaren its importance was even greater because it demonstrated an immediate and undeniable connection between the racing DNA of our brand and the start of our road car journey.”

Every painted detail on the five cars was finished by hand at McLaren Special Operations. Special permissions were granted by brand owners such as Gulf and Harrods and by Le Mans organiser the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), to recreate logos and trademarks. The roof of each car even features an authentically recreated scrutineering sticker, which is the only piece of vinyl in the livery.

The relationship between each McLaren Senna GTR LM and its F1 GTR predecessor is further fused by the presence of a dedication plaque on the inner surface of the carbon fibre tub denoting each car’s one-off status and its original F1 GTR chassis number identifier. Each car also wears an etched dedication to its Le Mans ‘twin’, including the date of the race, the names of the three race drivers in that car and the position in which they finished.

In addition to the visual power of the liveries and the outstanding detailing, each McLaren Senna GTR LM has a portfolio of exclusive features and technical enhancements that elevate it above the already exceptional track car on which it is based: the McLaren Senna GTR. That remarkable car was engineered to have the highest power-to-weight ratio of any McLaren at the time and aerodynamically optimised to be able to generate more than 1000kg of downforce.

Enhancements to the GTR’s twin-turbocharged, 4.0-litre M840TQ engine include valve spring retainers made from metal matrix composite (MMC) to deliver a 65% weight reduction, higher grade steel for the valve springs and hand-polished, CNC ported cylinder heads.

Recalibration of the powertrain electronics releases power of 845PS – an increase of 20PS over the ‘regular’ McLaren Senna GTR – and revised torque curve characteristics that deliver more torque at lower revs and enable a rev limit set closer to 9,000rpm than the ‘soft limit’ of 8,250rpm.

Other unique LM cues abound. The GTR’s Inconel exhaust system, which exits from the rear deck beneath the rear wing, has been further enhanced by the addition of specially designed LM twin-exit pipes. OZ Racing, which supplied the wheels for the McLaren F1 GTR, created a bespoke, five-spoke GTR LM wheel design. Brake calipers finished in satin gold are another nod to the F1 and the suspension wishbones are in an anodised version of the same colour.

Inside the car, exclusive LM features include a racing steering wheel with anodised gold gear shift paddles and control buttons (in tribute to the McLaren F1’s gold-coloured gear linkage); titanium nitride pedals with LM logos; leather door-pull straps and lightweight carbon fibre racing seats complemented by bespoke headrest embroidery and an MSO six-point racing harness coloured black with body-colour pads.

“We wanted to make a major statement with this collection,’” explained Ansar Ali, Managing Director of McLaren Special Operations. “In creating these incredible cars to the requirements of some of our most discerning customers, we are showcasing the astonishing array of talent we have within MSO – a team that can visualise, design, produce and deliver products that really do take your breath away.

“The McLaren Senna GTR LM project has been a labour of love for nearly two years; we have gone to great lengths not only to perfect the engineering aspects of the cars, but also to gain co-operation from brand holders and partners to maximise authenticity.”

One of those stakeholders is Le Mans itself, in the shape of the ACO. The famous racing club helped facilitate a breathtaking opportunity for the five GTR LM owners. Each one will enjoy a VIP visit to the 24 Hours of Le Mans race with a chance to drive their own GTR LMs around the circuit on the morning of the race, accompanied by the original F1 GTRs that competed in 1995.

“The COVID pandemic has meant that we have had to delay this opportunity until 2021,“ said Ansar Ali. “But each of the owners of these car will still be able to enjoy an unprecedented experience that reflects the unique customer journey MSO is able to offer.”

The cars – five icons reborn

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An homage to McLaren F1/01R, often referenced as ‘The Ueno Clinic car’ and the outright winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1995

The car bearing race number 59 was driven in 1995 by two-time Le Mans winner Yannick Dalmas, Japanese veteran Masanori Sekiya and former Formula One driver, JJ Lehto.

The race was one of the wettest in Le Mans’ history, which played into the hands of the bulletproof reliability of the McLaren F1 and also the skills of the drivers – especially Lehto, who was so quick in the wet his team tried to persuade him to slow down.

The charcoal grey livery branded with the name of Japanese sponsor Ueno Clinic was not widely recognised at the time but has since passed into legend. The MSO team has faithfully recreated it on the McLaren Senna GTR LM, precisely matching the colour by mixing a new tone dubbed ‘Ueno Grey’ – a fitting tribute to achievements of the car, and of course its three drivers.

This car has been very authentically reproduced from the original race-winning F1 GTR, echoing every last detail right down to recreating car 59’s unique driving lamps, which have been specially commissioned by the GTR LM’s owner*.

The OZ Racing wheels are finished in matching grey, completing the menacing look that still sends shivers down the spine of race fans 25 years after the chequered flag fell.

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An homage to McLaren F1/06R, often referenced as ‘The Harrods car’.

Car number 51, driven by an all-British line up of Andy Wallace, Derek Bell and Justin Bell, might well have won had it not suffered a transmission glitch two hours from the flag that saw Wallace have to nurse the car home in third place.

The car’s famous yellow livery with bold green stripe bore the name of iconic London department store, Harrods – and that prestigious relationship has been reunited for the GTR LM. While the colours have been worn again by a McLaren since the 1995 race – a McLaren P1™ GTR was finished in the livery in 2015 – this is the first time that the famous Harrods logo has been seen on a McLaren for 25 years.

The MSO paint team used a vivid colour called Solar Yellow for the body of the car, and that distinctive wide stripe is applied in Heritage Green, shadowed by a matching green pinstripe and green detailing within the front aero diffuser.

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An homage to McLaren F1/02R, often referenced as ‘The Gulf car’

Brazilian Maurizio Sandro Sala joined Brits Mark Blundell and Ray Bellm behind the wheel of the McLaren F1 GTR for 291 rain-lashed laps of La Sarthe in 1995, eventually finishing in fourth place.

Car number 24 had arguably the most iconic livery of any of the cars. The Gulf Racing blue, perfectly reimagined here by MSO as Gulf 95 Blue, fits the McLaren Senna GTR LM seamlessly. Its ‘Gulf 95 Orange’ pinstripe traces the rear diffuser and the imposing shape of the rear wing’s LMP1-style endplates, tracks along the lower sill and unites at the front with vivid orange blades on the front splitter.

The OZ Racing wheels conform to the theme, being finished in equally vivid orange, while the lower sills and roof stripe are painted in Gulf 95 Silver. The actual Gulf Oil logo appears on the bonnet and doors, and a finishing touch is provided by Ayrton Senna’s signature boldly recreated on the rear quarter of the bodywork.

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An homage to McLaren F1/07R, often referenced as ‘The Jacadi car’

Car number 50 was run by French-based customer team Giroix Racing. Two French drivers – Fabien Giroix and Olivier Grouillard – joined Swiss pilot Jean-Denis Deletraz to bring the car home in fifth place, just a lap down on the Gulf car.

The unmistakeable royal blue livery was proudly French-themed and has been preserved by the McLaren Senna GTR LM’s new owner by the specification of a startlingly bright colour called Le Mans Blue for the body of the car. It looks particularly stunning on the GTR LM’s massive rear diffuser.

That blue is complemented by a blue metallic called ‘Polaris’, and further offset by the use of authentic Elf logos belonging to the French oil company which sponsored the 1995 race car. The car is the only one of the five to wear the French Tricolour flag.

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An homage to McLaren F1/05R, often referenced as ‘The Cesar car’

Displaying the most intricate livery design of all the McLaren F1 GTRs that raced in 1995, car number 42 finished 13th position, completing the McLaren roll of honour of finishers.

Run by French team Société BBA, the striking car was driven by an all-French line-up of Jean-Luc Maury-Laribiere, Marc Sourd and Hervé Poulin. Maury-Laribiere and Poulin were pioneers of ‘art cars’ and asked renowned artist Cesar Baldaccini to envisage a livery for the F1 GTR they would be racing at Le Mans.

An experienced endurance racer, Poulin’s fine collection of racing trophies became the inspiration for Cesar’s work on the McLaren.

McLaren Senna GTR LM 825/5 is a modern reinterpretation of the livery, drawing in new elements, such as pole position lap times; contemporary race trophies and Le Mans branding cues.

An immensely complex piece of work produced using many techniques – including extensive airbrushing – this was the car that took longest to paint, to the point where MSO stopped recording the time taken. As an estimate, several thousand hours of work were needed to finish the project to exemplary standard that is now so evident.

All five McLaren Senna GTR LMs have now been completed and will be delivered to owners in the United States, Europe and the UK. As with all bespoke commissions created by McLaren Special Operations, their value remains undisclosed unless the owners choose to share this detail.

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