Beyond the Senna. Presented at the Geneva Motor Show 2018, the McLaren Senna GTR Concept completes the “Form Follows Function” design philosophy, presenting itself as a version dedicated exclusively to the track. Every millimetre of carbon fibre making up the car has been designed and built to make it more performance-oriented and dynamic.
Compared to the road version, the Senna GTR will have a wider track, new front and rear fenders and new spoilers. All these elements have been designed as accessory equipment, so that the body can be quickly adjusted to any possible modifications during a race or a practice session.
The front splitter is wider and longer, helping to improve aerodynamic performance. The door design has also been optimised to perform this function. With the new design, in fact, airflow is channelled towards the centre of the car, making it faster and more ground-hugging.
Free from the need to comply with road legislation, designers and engineers were able to create a prominent and significantly enhanced rear diffuser, capable of creating up to 1000 kg of downforce, 200 kg more than the road Senna. “The GTR Senna was designed and developed with the full spectrum of requirements for a road and track supercar in mind. We had an extreme version in our thoughts right from the start to support the road project,” explained Dan Parry Williams, McLaren Automotive Design Engineer Director.
And for the future? Looking at the sketches done by the designers of the style centre led by Robert Melville, we can say that tomorrow’s McLaren will have styling features inspired by the glorious F1 car of 1992. It will be a three-seater GT with central steering, fast and super-exclusive. The aerodynamic and performance function will dictate the shape of this model too, and being a car designed for road use, we can expect it to be less aggressive than the Senna GTR.