It’s been over 25 years since McLaren’s historic win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and to celebrate, the British carmaker decided to produce five special edition versions of the already limited Senna GTR. Each of the five McLaren models features a hand-painted livery paying direct homage to one of the original F1 GTRs that finished first, third, fourth, fifth, and 13th in that year’s race. The changes are not just cosmetic, however, as the 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 also gets a 20-hp increase, bringing the total power output to 833 hp.
A hypercar namded after a legend
The original Senna, named after legendary F1 racing driver Ayrton Senna, was unveiled toward the end of 2017 as a part of McLaren’s “Ultimate Series,” later joined by the 250-mph capable Speedtail and the roofless Elva. The Senna produced an already impressive 789 hp and weighed just 3,030 pounds. The real shocker, however, was that the car’s aerodynamics could generate 1764 pounds of downforce.
Following the release of its newest hypercar, McLaren decided to produce a track-only version with the Senna GTR. Power output from the 720S-based V8 increased to 814 hp, and the race-derived aerodynamic body now generated over 2,200 pounds of downforce. All of the 75 Senna GTR’s produced were sold ahead of their release for an astonishing $1.4 million, a $450,000 price bump over the standard Senna’s $950,000 base price.
McLaren revives iconic liveries with five Senna GTR LMs
This leads us to the newest limited edition hypercar from Woking, the Senna GTR LM. As noted earlier, power is up yet again to 833 hp. However, the most impressive feat the Senna GTR LM achieves is that it manages to near the P1’s 903 hp output without using an electric motor, meaning this is by far the most powerful version we’ve seen of McLaren’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8.
Much like the GTR, these GTR LM’s are most likely already spoken for. While McLaren has not released an official price, if the price bump over the standard Senna was already significant, this one could be astronomical.
McLaren’s 1995 victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans was significant not just because the team won outright but also because it managed to do it on its first try. The team finished with two cars in pole positions only three years after completing their first road car, the F1.
Each hand-painted livery took over 800 hours
According to McLaren’s press release, the first of the Senna GTR LM’s is named the 825/1 and is modeled after the race-winning F1/01R and subsequently sports a similar shade of charcoal grey and the branding for the original Japanese sponsor, Ueno Clinic.
The second GTR LM is named the 825/6 and might just be the brightest of the bunch, painted in Solar Yellow featuring a wide Heritage Green stripe running along the car’s center. The F1/06R that inspired it was commonly known as “The Harrods Car,” thanks to its branding from the popular London department store.
The 825/2 pays homage to what is undoubtedly one of McLaren’s most iconic liveries. Revived by McLaren Special Operations with a color combination aptly named Gulf Blue, Gulf Orange, and Gulf Silver, this GTR LM also wears Ayrton Senna’s signature on its rear quarter panel.
The 825/7 also wears a blue livery, albeit slightly different since its shade of Le Mans Blue was optioned to pay homage to the royal blue initially commissioned by the French racing team, Giroix Racing. In contrast, this GTR LM is the only one to wear the French tricolor flag.
The last of the five GTR LMs, the 825/5, wears the most complex livery of them all, featuring elements such as pole position lap times and trophies all airbrushed by hand by the MSO team. The process was so lengthy that the team stopped recording the time it took to create it, estimating over 1,000 hours on paint alone. The painting process for the other four vehicles took around 800 hours per car to complete.
Each GTR LM also comes fitted with a unique LM steering wheel with gold shift paddles, six-point racing harnesses, and embroidered hardness pads on the headrests. Each car will receive a dedication plaque with the VIN for each car and the details of the Le Mans F1 GTR its paying homage to.