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McLaren 12C CAN-AM Edition racing concept debuts at Pebble Beach Concours D’ Elegance (Photos)

Concours d’Elegance Pebble Beach took off earlier this week in California to a flying start. At this year’s edition of Concours d’Elegance (refers to the gathering of prestigious car) at Pebble Beach, McLaren have something special to offer. A new racing concept of their MP4-12C supercar, the all new McLaren 12C CAN-AM Edition. This version is developed by McLaren GT, the new racing arm of McLaren Group.

Painted bright orange, in tribute to cars of Bruce McLaren and Denny Hulme built in the early 1960s and 70s, the new race car will have contrasting black accents and carbon fiber details. In addition, the 12C CAN-AM Edition will have wide body aero kit with carbon fiber front splitter, dive planes, rear wings and rear diffuser, which all go a long way in offering increased downforce of upto 30% over the production model of MP4-12C. Engine is also updated which further offers better ECU calibration and optimized cooling resulting in 630 hp output.

Lighter in weight at 1,200 kgs, the interiors finished according to race specifications and a new removable steering wheel which is styled according to MP4-24 F1 race car of Lewis Hamilton, this new vehicle is fitted with an integrated air conditioning system which is now made mandatory in all race series.

Read the press release below for more information.

News Release


Track-only design concept weighs 1,200kg (2645.5lbs) and features unique aerodynamic package with a 30 per cent increase in downforce
More powerful 12C with increased engine performance of up to 630hp
Debut showing of a 12C racing concept variant designed for the North American market

McLaren GT, the new race car manufacturing arm of the McLaren Group, is presenting a dramatic track-focused concept at the Pebble Beach Concours, the 12C Can-Am Edition. The one-off design study is finished in historic McLaren Orange and satin black.

The 12C Can-Am Edition is finished in striking shade of McLaren Orange, in tribute to cars of Bruce McLaren and Denny Hulme which were extremely successful throughout the 1960s and 1970s. The bold hue is in dramatic contrast to the roof, door and bumper sections, finished in satin black, while carbon fibre also features on the side radiator vanes, wing mirrors and engine cover. The McLaren badges on the front and rear are also finished in carbon fibre. Beneath the surface, the 12C Can-Am Edition shares the same carbon fibre MonoCell chassis as the 12C road car.

Being purely a concept at this stage, and designed as the ‘ultimate track car’, the 12C Can-Am Edition is not subject to the regular racing regulations, despite being based on the 12C GT3 race car. The revised version of the familiar 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 engine features a unique engine calibration and optimised cooling system, which allows a power output of up to 630hp, making it the most powerful 12C derivative ever shown. The overall dry weight is just 1,200kg (2645.5lbs).

The unique aerodynamics of the 12C Can-Am Edition, as with the 12C GT3 race car, have been honed by McLaren Racing using Formula 1 technology and simulation to optimise downforce. This unique package offers an increase in downforce of 30 per cent.

The optimised aerodynamic package includes a carbon fibre front splitter, carbon fibre dive planes, and a carbon fibre wing which dominates the rear of the car. The wing is held in place by polished aluminium mounts. An imposing carbon fibre diffuser helps to further maximise the aerodynamic package, fitted beneath the two-tone rear bumper.

The extra power output of the 12C Can-Am Edition is kept in check with a braking system developed by Akebono. The highly efficient braking system sits behind a set of black satin-finished forged lightweight racing alloy wheels, shod with Pirelli racing slick tyres which complete the exterior revisions.

Inside the cockpit, the 12C Can-Am Edition is race ready as well.  Two black race seats, complete with full six-point harnesses are mounted within the cabin, while a full race-specification rollcage has also been fitted. The steering wheel is carried over from the 12C GT3, with the shape and grip derived from that of Lewis Hamilton’s MP4-24 Formula 1 car, while carbon fibre detailing also continues throughout the cabin, across the dashboard and sill panels. An integrated air conditioning system, mandatory now in a growing number of race series, is also present.


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