McLaren GT has confirmed plans for a limited production run of the track-focused 12C GT Can-Am Edition after its successful premiere at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.The limited edition track-special pays tribute to Bruce McLaren and Denny Hulme who successfully raced a series of McLaren models in the Can-Am series winning championships for Bruce McLaren Racing.
The production run will be limited to 30 numbers. While you may be able to spot similarities with the 12C GT3 racer, the Can-Am edition is not subject to the racing regulations that the 12C GT3 has to abide by. The 12C GT Can-Am Edition will be powered by McLaren’s 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 engine with a unique engine calibration, and optimised cooling system to increase the power output to 630hp, making the 12C GT Can-Am Edition the most powerful 12C produced to date.
A large carbon fibre rear wing demandsyour undivided attention. The wing offers an increase in downforce by 30 per cent. Carbon fibre door mirror mounts and covers, engine cover vents, side radiator intake vanes, sill covers and badges distinguish it from the 12C GT3.
The 12C GT Can-Am Edition sits on black satin-finished forged lightweight racing alloy wheels, and Pirelli racing tyres.
The shape and grip of the steering wheel is derived from the McLaren MP4-24 Formula 1 car. An integrated motorsport air conditioning system is incorporated into the bespoke lightweight carbon fibre dashboard adding a touch of racer comfort.
Andrew Kirkaldy, Managing Director of McLaren GT explained: “The 12C Can-Am Edition concept shown at Pebble Beach earlier this year was purely that, a one-off design study. However, the reaction and response following the unveil was remarkable. It is a real testament to the performance and results of the McLaren GT customer teams this year, still only in the debut competitive season, that there is such a strong demand for this type of track-day special.”
Kirkaldy continued: “The Can-Am name holds significant historical provenance for the McLaren brand, and those early racing cars of Bruce McLaren and Denny Hulme were truly incredible machines. To be able to produce this unshackled limited edition version of the 12C, I think is a fantastic way to resurrect a glorious chapter in the company’s past.”
Production begins from March 2013 and each 12C GT Can-Am Edition will cost £375,000.