McLaren con­firms 814-HP Senna GTR with teaser sketch

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McLaren has re­leased its first teaser sketch of the brand new Senna GTR and con­firms that dy­namic test­ing of the pro­to­type will be­gin this month.

The track-spec GTR Senna, named in hon­our of the three­time For­mula One World Cham­pion Ayr­ton Senna, will use the same four-litre twin­turbo V-8 as the road-go­ing hy­per­car.

Torque re­mains un­changed at 590 pound-feet (800 Nm), but power has been given a kick up to 814 horse­power, some 25 hp more than the road car.

The GTR model fea­tures an ag­gres­sive new front split­ter, a repo­si­tioned and enor­mous rear spoiler, and what ap­pears to be a wider front track with new end plates.

An­other new ad­di­tion is the race-bred sus­pen­sion, de­vel­oped us­ing in­tel gleaned from McLaren’s GT3 rac­ing pro­gram. Th­ese new dou­ble wish­bones are likely to be con­nected to cen­tre-lock­ing wheels clad with be­spoke Pirelli slicks.

Nei­ther per­for­mance fig­ures nor the ve­hi­cle weight have been an­nounced, but ex­pect the GTR to be lighter than the al­ready wel­ter­weight, 1,198-kg road car.

Un­sur­pris­ingly, the Senna GTR will be su­per-ex­clu­sive, with just 75 units con­firmed. And yes, each of them have al­ready been sold for an eye-wa­ter­ing £1.1 mil­lion (around $1.9 mil­lion Cdn).

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