THE new McLaren Senna GTR, the most extreme track car yet from McLaren Automotive and its newest Ultimate Series model, makes its global debut on track at the 77th Goodwood Members’ Meeting this weekend.
The dynamic debut comes just a month before the brand’s newest dealership opens in the New Forest.
Just 75 McLaren Senna GTRs will be built to customer order, priced from £1.1m plus taxes – and all are sold, even they though cannot be driven on the road or raced.
First announced at last year’s Geneva International Motor Show with the surprise unveiling of a concept version, the final validation prototype McLaren Senna GTR will take to the historic Sussex circuit at the head of a very special celebration of McLaren cars.
Featuring a McLaren P1 GTR, a McLaren P1 and road-going McLaren Senna alongside the new GTR, the track parade will also include the famous XP5 McLaren F1 prototype of the GTR car that went on to win Le Mans.
Goodwood has a tragic tie with the McLaren racing name as it was there on 2nd June 1970 that the legendary New Zealander team founder Bruce McLaren was killed in testing.
He won four Grand Prix from 100 starts, and in 1966 the Le Mans 24-hour classic, but the team he founded went on to win eight F1 constructors’ world championships and 12 drivers’ world titles.
Alongside the Grand Prix world McLaren has diversified from Formula 1 with the Surrey-based McLaren Automotive high performance car production that from next month with have a New Forest outlet being opened by Harwoods Group alongside Bentley Hampshire at Bramshaw.
For several years the McLaren F1 XP5 designed by Gordon Murray held the world record for the fastest production road car and will, for the first time, be joining its 21st century McLaren Ultimate Series descendants.
Free from the constraints of road car legislation and motorsport competition rules, the track-only McLaren Senna GTR advances circuit driving capability to another level entirely.
With 825PS (814bhp) and torque of 800Nm available from its 4.0-litre twin turbocharged V8 engine and a lightest dry weight of 1,188kg, the new GTR has an astonishing power-to-weight ratio of 694PS-per tonne.
In combination with aerodynamic downforce in excess of 1,000kg and suspension derived from McLaren’s GT3 race programme, this ensures the new McLaren Senna GTR is the Ultimate expression of track driving performance and excitement.
The first of the 75 customers who have secured a McLaren Senna GTR – all cars were sold shortly after the concept made its Geneva debut at prices from £1.1m plus taxes – are due to receive their cars this September.
The dynamic debut of the new McLaren Senna GTR comes 12 months after the original McLaren Senna starred at the 76th Goodwood Members’ Meeting and just days after confirmation that the unique Lego McLaren Senna, constructed using almost 500,000 Lego bricks, will be on display at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July.