The team that claimed McLaren’s first-ever 24 Hours of Le Mans victory is commemorating the 25th anniversary of the historic win by building seven McLaren F1 GTR-inspired LM 25 Edition versions of McLaren's contemporary range.
In 1995, a total of seven McLaren F1s were entered into the twice-around-the-clock endurance race. Four of those cars finished inside the top five, including the winning #59 car of Lanzante Motorsport, driven by Yannick Dalmas, Masanori Sekiya and J.J. Lehto.
Above: The McLaren 600LT Spider LM 25 Edition by Lanzante
Now, Lanzante is using the victorious F1 as inspiration for its reinterpretations of McLaren’s contemporary range of supercars. Just seven LM 25 Editions will be built, one for each of the seven cars entered in that 1995 race.
Each LM 25 will be based on a different existing McLaren model – Senna, Senna GTR, 765LT, 765LT Spider, 600LT and 600LT spider. The seventh model to receive the LM 25 treatment is still to be confirmed, but is likely to be a future McLaren model.
Above: The McLaren Senna GTR LM 25 Edition by Lanzante
All models will be painted in the same dark and light grey hues of the Le Mans winner, including that car’s #59 on the doors.
The wheels will be made of carbon-fibre and finished in a five-spoke design, mimicking the wheels of the race car. Along with titanium bolts, they save around 7kg over the standard McLaren’s rims.
Above: The McLaren Senna LM 25 Edition by Lanzante
Inside, each LM 25 will receive the same race seats as the F1 GTR with red and blue harness seat belts, again a nod to the race car. Again, weight-saving is at the forefront, those new seats 18kg lighter than the standard versions.
Carbon-fibre door sills, gold anodised pedals and switchgear complete the race car vibe.
Above: The McLaren 765LT LM 25 Edition by Lanzante
Gold exhaust tips and brake calipers (with red McLaren lettering) complete the external overhaul. And for those looking for an ‘easter egg’, Lanzante will apply a replica of the scrutineering sticker to the bulkhead, as it appears in the 1995 Le Mans race-winning car.
The conversion is expected to cost around £144,000 (approximately AUD$250,000) plus the price of the donor car. Each conversion will take approximately three months.
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