It feels like McLaren is releasing a new performance monster every few days now. And tell you what, I'm not complaining! So, what's with the Senna GTR? Let this analogy give you a crystal clear idea of what the GTR is: Usain Bolt is the fastest human being in the world. Now say there were no laws saying steroids were illegal, and say Usain Bolt took steroids. Usain Bolt, then, would be even quicker, even better, even more insane. That is the Senna GTR: Usain Bolt on steroids.
If analogies aren't your thing (then how do you watch the Grand Tour?), I guess I understand. And with the analogies out of the way, here are the specs, compared the normal Senna. Starting off strong, the GTR has 825 BHP, and 590 ft-lbs of torque. The lesser Senna "only" produces 789 horsepower and 590 ft-lbs of torque. The GTR, unsurprisingly, weighs less than than the normal Senna as well, with the GTR weighing 1188 kg (2,619 pounds), while the road-going Senna weighs 1374 kg (3,029 pounds).
Given that this is the Senna GTR, there are some amazing features. I've listed the best ones below.
Feature 1: Intercom
It sounds crazy at first, but then, if you think about it, it makes sense. The McLaren GTR has a feature, called Pit to Car Radio and Intercom, which you can use to communicate with your crew and pit stop personnel. This feature comes straight out of the F1 handbook, a common theme in the GTR.
Feature 2: The Seats
The Senna GTR has FIA racing seats, made to keep you snug in corners. Of course, these seats are made of carbon fiber, just like everything else in this car. The entire frame is made out of the stuff.
Feature 3: The Useless System
The GTR is home to the most useless feature in the world: Anti-collision Radar system. So, what this does is it feeds the driver information about the location and positioning of other cars in your surroundings, which is a cool feature. It's the second aspect of this system that's useless: it'll let you know about cars that are passing you. Now, if you were driving a Prius, that feature would make sense, because every single car on the road is going or pass you sooner or later. But this is a 1.65 million dollar track-only racecar. Nobody will be passing you in this thing, you'll be doing all the passing. Absolute waste of money, time, and weight.
Feature 4: Lap Recorder and Camera
Most racers want to improve their lap times. If you are one of those people, McLaren's got you covered. Inside the GTR, there's a built-in lap timer, so you can time your laps. Not only that, but there's a recorder, which records your laps in HD, so you can see why you totaled your 1.65 million dollar car (*cough*cough* Elon Musk). More realistically, you can use this to see how you can improve a given corner, which, for some people, can be useful.
Feature 5: The Thing has DRS
You saw that right. The GTR has a drag reduction system, or DRS. What this means is that the car is moving to make you even faster. The front aero blades, the wing, and everything in between, is pivoting automatically to reduce drag when on a straight, or to maximize downforce in a corner. This is yet again, another example of a feature taken straight out of F1.
The Senna GTR is a crazy car. It's so crazy, that it can't be used for what it was made to do. The GTR is banned from racing in motorsports, so that leaves me with a big question: Why would somebody want to buy this car? It's not street legal, so you can't drive it around normally, and it's illegal from competitive motorsports, so you can't drive it competitively. When can you use this car? Check out the poll and write your thoughts in the comments below.