Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Kristin Zimmerman

McLaren Senna GTR not bound for motorsport

McLaren Senna GTR not bound for motorsport

Flewitt said that McLaren is "not going to race" the Senna, either through the Automotive division he heads or the McLaren Racing F1 arm, which is open to other types of racing (as demonstrated by Fernando Alonso's Indy 500 attempt in 2017) but will not chase a World Endurance Championship (WEC) - and therefore Le Mans - entry with the Senna.

Flewitt went on to say the Senna GTR was given the green light to appease customers who may have missed out on the Senna road vehicle.

At the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, McLaren has revealed the more hardcore track-only Senna GTR. A huge front splitter and rear diffuser combination helps create a vacuum under the vehicle, literally sucking it to the track's surface once it gets up to speed.

Power is supplied by the same 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine, but now it will produce at least 813bhp. Since it doesn't have to conform to pesky on-road regulations, McLaren has been able to give it more of everything - power, grip and downforce. All this adds up to a stunning 2,205 pounds of downforce at speed, cementing this as the most capable and quickest McLaren around a circuit short of the automaker's Formula 1 cars. That headline-grabbing claim probably won't stand for much longer, however.

He also underlined the exceedingly high performance the new auto will have, saying: 'The track-only McLaren Senna GTR will have more power, more grip and more downforce - up to 1,000kg - than the McLaren Senna and post even faster lap times. "The very limited number of customers who secure this auto will be buying the closest experience you can get to a race vehicle without actually lining up on a circuit grid".

McLaren also teased a new Hyper GT vehicle which will be revealed at the end of 2018, which will "pay homage to the F1".

McLaren will begin assembling the GTRs at its Woking, UK plant sometime in 2019, and is gauging the interest of potential customers at Geneva with a price tag of $1.39 million (Rs 9.03 crore approximately). McLaren, consider us interested!

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