A McLaren Senna LM has emerged in New Zealand – the birthplace of company founder Bruce McLaren – despite never having been officially released by the British supercar manufacturer.
Revealed on the YouTube channel of Giltrap Group, one of the New Zealand's most prominent luxury vehicle importers, the ultra rare McLaren Senna LM is shown in the greatest detail seen so far.
The rarity and legitimacy of the car is not known. McLaren has not released any official information on the Senna LM.
The hypercar is a tribute to the 1995 McLaren F1 LM – a car built to commemorate the McLaren F1 GTR's victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in the same year. Five McLaren F1 racing cars finished the endurance race, with the #59 car winning outright.
The #59 McLaren F1 GTR was entered by the Lanzante Motorsports, the racing team division of the British automotive company that builds and restores unique vehicles.
Late last week the Instagram page of Lanzante hinted that the company would be producing seven of their own 'LM 25' special edition vehicles to celebrate the organisation's 1995 victory. No other details were offered.
The McLaren Senna LM shown in New Zealand came from the British automaker's own skunkworks, known as McLaren Special Operations (MSO), and has a number of unique features above the standard McLaren Senna.
MSO has adorned the new Senna LM with a handful of tributes to the 1995 F1 LM, most noticeably being the gunmetal gray Speedline-style centre-lock five-spoke alloy wheels, louvered front quarter panels, and the manufacturer's iconic papaya orange paintwork. Painted headlight surrounds give the Senna its unique looks.
Gold accoutrements are featured throughout, including on the suspension arms and billet aluminium pedals, as well as the 24-carat gold engine heat shields.
While power figures have not been disclosed, the 597kW 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 from the Senna has been worked by MSO, with ported and polished heads, a blueprinted engine, new intake, and new exhaust with four gold tips.
The McLaren Senna LM is on display at McLaren Auckland and is believed to be the only model in Australasia.