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McLaren unveils the 12C Can-Am Edition

Special racing concept for the US market...

McLaren has introduced a new track-only version of its MP4-12C model designed to appeal to the US market at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Developed by McLaren GT, this one-off concept is based on the MP4-12C GT3 racer and wears the company's well-known orange finish as a tribute to the Can-Am cars driven by Bruce McLaren and Denny Hulme in the 60s and 70s. This orange hue is contrasted by carbon fibre used on the aero and bodywork parts. The concept is known as the MP4-12C Can-Am Edition.

Like with the 12C GT3, this track-only concept comes with a wide bodykit that has a carbon fibre front splitter, massive adjustable rear wing, rear diffuser and dive planes, which all work together to give a 30% increase in downforce compared to the standard vehicle. That may well be, but to us it just looks incredible - seriously aggressive and makes us wish the standard car looked this good!

The car is powered by the same 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 engine found in the MP4-12C but for this concept they've remapped the ECU and uprated the cooling system to give 630 bhp. McLaren says that the 12C Can-Am weighs just 1200 kg. Aside from these changes, the concept is fitted with a race-spec brake system, black satin-finished forged alloys and Pirelli racing slick tires.

As for the interior cabin, it has been entirely stripped down and instead it has race-specification features, such as the two body-hugging seats with 6-point harnesses, a removable steering wheel, a full roll cage and oddly enough, air conditioning because it's mandatory for several US race series.

This concept will eventually morph into a customer racer that will be eligible for certain race series across the globe.

Images courtesy of McLaren


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Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more