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ART OF RAC­ING

McLaren cre­ates five rac­ing- themed su­per­cars – with hand- painted liv­ery

- Cars · Consumer Goods · McLaren · Office of Strategic Services · Harrods

They’re rac­ing cars, but are they art? Ac­tu­ally yes, we reckon they might be. McLaren Spe­cial Oper­a­tions ( MSO) has cre­ated five unique “LM” ex­am­ples of the Senna GTR, each painted in a liv­ery that pays homage to the five F1 GTRs that crossed the line in the 1995 24 Hours Of Le Mans ( first, third, fourth, fifth and 13th).

It was a land­mark year for the brand: the first time McLaren had raced at Le Mans and just three years since the now- leg­endary F1 had been launched.

The five cars each wear be­spoke hand- painted liv­ery that ei­ther repli­cates or pays trib­ute to the de­sign of the 1995 rac­ers. Hand painted? Yes, that’s for real, with each car tak­ing at least 800 hours and a few “in­di­vid­ual cars far ex­ceed­ing that”, says McLaren.

Spe­cial per­mis­sion was sought from spon­sors of the time such as Gulf and Har­rods to recre­ate their lo­gos. The only piece of vinyl in the liv­ery is the replica scru­ti­neer­ing sticker.

The best bit for MSO is that each car is a “cus­tomer com­mis­sion” – mean­ing they were all bought and paid for be­fore the paint­brushes were dipped in their jars.

The new own­ers even get to drive their cars around the Le Mans cir­cuit on the morn­ing of the 2021 race, ac­com­pa­nied by the orig­i­nal F1 GTRs from 1995.

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