I love Lanzante. Their history with McLaren is undeniable. But man, they have been playing up that history together with #01R as much as McLaren themselves, for the last couple years now. Every special edition has to be a modern McLaren being retied to the F1. Turning the P1 into limited LM-models in honor of the F1 LM? Dope. Tributes to the F1 GTR Longtail with the P1 GTR-18? Aight, I get it. Turning P1 GTRs into P1 GT Longtails? Let's hit the brakes here, the F1 GT didn't even get off the ground before the company shut production down; McLaren owns 1 body, leaving only 2 other examples in existence. It is literally the least recognized & accomplished F1 there is (even though it is by far, the 2nd most expensive example). The GT-tribute itself barely looks distinguishable from the P1GTR-18 making it look more like someone just wanted something a little different from that car & opted for a comfortable interior, but Lanzante offered it as a new conversion.
And now it appears Lanzante is trying to carry over this "F1 Tribute" marketing to the new line-up which is a bit funny imo, when McLaren themselves have already done tributes related to their LeMans effort. McLaren built 5 Senna LMs in honor of the F1 LM. McLaren is building 50, 720S Le Mans Editions in honor of #01R. And McLaren did previously build a 50 example-run 650S Le Mans Edition, also in honor of #01R.
I will give Lanzante credit ,though. Out of any company doing this beyond McLaren, they do have the strongest relationship to the F1 outside the factory & #01R in particular. And they are only building 1 upgrade of each available model so there's no real competition against the factory's efforts, but I would've still limited this tribute to just the 2 Senna models. Branching it out to both Spider & Coupe versions of the 600LT & 765LT really imply a desire to squeeze a bit more possible money out of this tribute display.
Yep. With everyone having their own customizable programs that allow you to do anything you want as deep as your pocketbooks will allow, it's almost a wonder why you'd want to pay such a high mark up beyond the satisfaction of the factory model holding its value easier & maybe appreciating.They're milking the F1 and its solitary LM win way too much in my view. Yes it's a great achievement, but one or two special models are enough. McLaren/Lanzante should be making new cars to compete and win the new WEC hypercar class, and write new history instead of stroking their own ego again and again. But of course, that would be too expensive and has no guarantees. Thrown some splitters on an existing model, some nostalgic paintjob and rims and you have a special edition that you can sell at a marked up price to gullible collectors for barely any development. The ironic thing is, there are so many special edition supercars saturating the market now none of them are actually valuable anymore.
Gordon Murray has the right recipe, bringing the original F1 ethos to current times with modern tech and fixing all its problems. McLaren is just riding on its coattails churning out model after model to satisfy its shareholders pockets...
https://www.netcarshow.com/mclaren/2020-senna_gtr_lm/#3Five unique McLaren Senna GTRs, created in celebration of the McLaren F1 GTR race cars that dominated the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race in an astonishing display of motorsport achievement that included overall victory, were revealed by McLaren Special Operations (MSO).
Designated McLaren Senna GTR LM, the five customer-commissioned cars are the latest examples of what is possible when MSO is engaged to undertake unique and bespoke projects. Each is designed and crafted as an homage to one of the five McLaren F1 GTRs that finished the race, crossing the line in 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 13th positions - an unforgettable achievement given that this was the first time McLaren had raced at Le Mans, and coming only three years since its first production road car - the McLaren F1 - had been introduced.
The five cars each wear a bespoke, hand-painted livery that either replicates or pays tribute to the design of each of the 1995 cars. The attention to detail is such that every McLaren Senna GTR LM took at least 800 hours to paint, with individual cars far exceeding that.
"The incredible cars of the McLaren Senna GTR LM collection are an exceptionally fitting way to celebrate the 25th anniversary of our Le Mans victory in 1995,'" commented Mike Flewitt, CEO of McLaren Automotive. "That achievement is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest endurance racing performances of all time, but for McLaren its importance was even greater because it demonstrated an immediate and undeniable connection between the racing DNA of our brand and the start of our road car journey."
Every painted detail on the five cars was finished by hand at McLaren Special Operations. Special permissions were granted by brand owners such as Gulf and Harrods and by Le Mans organiser the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO), to recreate logos and trademarks. The roof of each car even features an authentically recreated scrutineering sticker, which is the only piece of vinyl in the livery.
The relationship between each McLaren Senna GTR LM and its F1 GTR predecessor is further fused by the presence of a dedication plaque on the inner surface of the carbon fibre tub denoting each car's one-off status and its original F1 GTR chassis number identifier. Each car also wears an etched dedication to its Le Mans 'twin', including the date of the race, the names of the three race drivers in that car and the position in which they finished.
In addition to the visual power of the liveries and the outstanding detailing, each McLaren Senna GTR LM has a portfolio of exclusive features and technical enhancements that elevate it above the already exceptional track car on which it is based: the McLaren Senna GTR. That remarkable car was engineered to have the highest power-to-weight ratio of any McLaren at the time and aerodynamically optimised to be able to generate more than 1000kg of downforce.
Enhancements to the GTR's twin-turbocharged, 4.0-litre M840TQ engine include valve spring retainers made from metal matrix composite (MMC) to deliver a 65% weight reduction, higher grade steel for the valve springs and hand-polished, CNC ported cylinder heads.
Recalibration of the powertrain electronics releases power of 845PS - an increase of 20PS over the 'regular' McLaren Senna GTR - and revised torque curve characteristics that deliver more torque at lower revs and enable a rev limit set closer to 9,000rpm than the 'soft limit' of 8,250rpm.
Other unique LM cues abound. The GTR's Inconel exhaust system, which exits from the rear deck beneath the rear wing, has been further enhanced by the addition of specially designed LM twin-exit pipes. OZ Racing, which supplied the wheels for the McLaren F1 GTR, created a bespoke, five-spoke GTR LM wheel design. Brake calipers finished in satin gold are another nod to the F1 and the suspension wishbones are in an anodised version of the same colour.
Inside the car, exclusive LM features include a racing steering wheel with anodised gold gear shift paddles and control buttons (in tribute to the McLaren F1's gold-coloured gear linkage); titanium nitride pedals with LM logos; leather door-pull straps and lightweight carbon fibre racing seats complemented by bespoke headrest embroidery and an MSO six-point racing harness coloured black with body-colour pads.
"We wanted to make a major statement with this collection,'" explained Ansar Ali, Managing Director of McLaren Special Operations. "In creating these incredible cars to the requirements of some of our most discerning customers, we are showcasing the astonishing array of talent we have within MSO - a team that can visualise, design, produce and deliver products that really do take your breath away.
"The McLaren Senna GTR LM project has been a labour of love for nearly two years; we have gone to great lengths not only to perfect the engineering aspects of the cars, but also to gain co-operation from brand holders and partners to maximise authenticity."
One of those stakeholders is Le Mans itself, in the shape of the ACO. The famous racing club helped facilitate a breathtaking opportunity for the five GTR LM owners. Each one will enjoy a VIP visit to the 24 Hours of Le Mans race with a chance to drive their own GTR LMs around the circuit on the morning of the race, accompanied by the original F1 GTRs that competed in 1995.
"The COVID pandemic has meant that we have had to delay this opportunity until 2021," said Ansar Ali. "But each of the owners of these car will still be able to enjoy an unprecedented experience that reflects the unique customer journey MSO is able to offer."
And in cross-over fashion with Lanzante's ideas about Le Mans tributes & relying on the F1's heritage to move cars, MSO unveiled 5 tributed Senna GTR LMs .
However, I quite like these b/c they have gone for more than just a copy-paste #01R's design onto a car and limit it. Each of the 5 cars from 1995 is represented in hand-painted liveries with permission from Gulf, Harrod's, & the ACO, along side etched dedication to the car's race date, drivers, & finishing position. The car's engine underwent changes & produces a bit more power & OZ was contacted to re-produced identical wheels. In addition, at next year's Le Mans, all 5 owners will be presented an opportunity to drive their cars alongside the original 5.
It's explained in the article; the 5 liveries chosen represent the 5 cars that finished at Le Mans in 1995. The other 2 are Giroix Racing / Chassis #07R & Societe BBA Competition / Chassis #05R.The Ueno/Gulf/Harrods cars are obvious, but I never knew about the other two. Interesting that they chose those liveries instead of the more popular ones like Lark, FINA or Marlboro.
These 2 links give a pretty good overview of all the liveries each chassis went through.BTW, does anyone know a site where they list every livery of the F1 GTR that has ever raced?