McLaren 12C Can-Am Edition racing concept to debut at Pebble Beach Concours

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  • 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, and is the debut appearance of a 12C racing variant outside Europe.

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 fiber 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 fiber. Beneath the surface, the 12C Can-Am Edition shares the same carbon fiber MonoCell chassis as the 12C road car.

The revised version of the familiar 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 engine features a unique engine calibration and optimized cooling system, which allows a power output of up to 630hp, making it the most powerful 12C derivative ever shown.

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-liter twin-turbo V8 engine features a unique engine calibration and optimized 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 optimized aerodynamic package includes a carbon fiber front splitter, carbon fiber dive planes

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 optimize downforce. This unique package offers an increase in downforce of 30 per cent.

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.

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

McLaren Racing using Formula 1 technology and simulation to optimize downforce. This unique package offers an increase in downforce of 30 per cent.

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

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 fiber 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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