It destroyed the previous record time set by the Porsche 911 GT2 RS.
The Senna is McLaren's most hardcore, track-focused road car currently in production. This beast was built to set blistering lap times. Just to prove this point, the Senna has set a new outright lap record at Virginia International Speedway during Car and Driver's 13th annual Lightning Lap event.
Previously, the fastest Lightning Lap time was set by the Porsche 911 GT2 RS with a time of two minutes and 37.8 seconds, which was 1.5 seconds faster than a 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and 1.9 seconds faster than a 2018 McLaren 720S. But now the Senna has destroyed Porsche's lap time by a significant margin.
According to Car and Driver, McLaren claimed the Senna posted a time of two minutes and 35 seconds. Driven by Andre D'Cruze, the Senna set an astonishing time of two minutes and 34.9 seconds with Race mode enabled, which was 2.9 seconds faster than the GT2 RS.
This was also fast enough to set a new production car lap record at Virginia International Speedway, beating the previous record set by the C7-generation Corvette ZR1 that lapped the circuit in two minutes and 37.3 seconds.
At the time, the Corvette ZR1 stole the crown from the Ford GT, but now the Senna has beaten it by more than two seconds. You can watch the full lap in the video and it looks frighteningly fast. Impressively, the Senna recorded an average speed of 134.5 mph and hit 172.9 mph on the straight.
Powering the McLaren Senna is a 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 producing 789 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to the car's active aerodynamics, the Senna delivers 1,764 pounds of downforce at 155 mph, while copious amounts of carbon fiber result in a curb weight of just 3,030 pounds. These attributes helped the Senna set the new production lap record, and it probably won't be beaten for several years.