Geneva LIVE: McLaren Senna GTR Concept

Geneva LIVE: McLaren Senna GTR Concept

by Drew Johnson

The Senna GTR is McLaren's ultimate track toy.

McLaren has unveiled a new concept car at the Geneva Motor Show known as the Senna GTR Concept. The British automaker says the concept will make the leap to production sometime next year.

The Senna GTR Concept is largely based on the road-legal Senna super car, but McLaren says the GTR model will be reserved for track use only. Modifications for the GTR treatment include wider fenders, aggressive front splitter, larger rear diffuser and ā€˜pushed in' door panels for better aerodynamics.

The Senna GTR will weigh about the same as the standard car, but should be quite a bit faster than its road-going counterpart around a race track. That's because McLaren has upped the power from the Senna's 4.0L turbocharged V8 from 789 horsepower to 814 horsepower. Additionally, the GTR will feature a race-style transmission, revised suspension, racing slicks and an aero kit that can provide up to 2,205 pounds of downforce.

"The McLaren Senna was designed from the outset with the full spectrum of road and track requirements in mind, so developing a GTR version is within the scope of the original project,ā€?said McLaren Automotive Design Engineering Director, Dan Parry-Williams. "The McLaren Senna GTR Concept unveiled in Geneva is not the finished article but it does give a clear indication of our thinking for the car, which promises to be the most extreme and exciting McLaren to drive for many years, if not ever.ā€

McLaren says it will build no more than 75 examples of the Senna GTR, making it far more exclusive than the normal Senna, which had a 500 units production run. That exclusivity doesn't come cheap, however, with each McLaren Senna GTR set to carry a price tag of $1.4 million.

Live photography by Ronan Glon.