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McLaren To Debut 12C Can-Am Racing Concept At Pebble Beach 15
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Concept Vehicle, featured, Kurt, mclaren, McLaren MP4-12C GT3 on 08 15th, 2012

McLaren’s 12C Can-Am concept – image: McLaren GT

The Canadian-American Challenge Cup, or Can-Am series for short, was an SCCA-sanctioned sports car racing series held in the United States from 1966 to 1974, then again from 1977 to 1986. In its prime, the series featured some of the world’s best drivers, competing in some of the world’s fastest cars, like the Lola T-70, the McLaren M8 and the Porsche 917/30KL.

Except for an attempted revival in 1998 (that ultimately led to the creation of today’s Grand Am series), the name has been dormant for decades. Still, it carries a lot of emotional ties to motorsports in North America, which is probably why McLaren chose to tag its latest MP4-12C concept with the Can-Am name. The automaker has certainly earned the right to do so, as McLaren took the Can-Am championship from 1967 through 1971.

McLaren’s 12C Can-Am concept – image: McLaren GT

For now, the McLaren 12C Can-Am Edition is a one-off concept, designed to be the “ultimate track car.” As it wasn’t designed for a particular series, the designers weren’t hampered by regulations on horsepower, weight or aerodynamics, which likely means the concept is fasted than the 12C GT3 race car it’s based on.

McLaren’s 12C Can-Am concept – image: McLaren GT

Output is said to be some 630 horsepower, making the 12C Can-Am concept the most powerful variant built to date. Weight is reduced to 1,200 kilograms (2,646 pounds), and a unique aero package increases downforce (and grip) by 30 percent.

McLaren’s 12C Can-Am concept – image: McLaren GT

Sprayed in McLaren Orange as a tribute to McLaren’s dominant Can-Am cars of the late 1960s, the 12C concept also gets a track-ready cockpit, including racing seats with six-point harnesses, a race-spec rollcage and the same steering wheel that’s fitted to the 12C GT3 racers.

While McLaren calls the car a concept, we’re sure it’s being shown to gauge interest in a track-day MP4-12C model. If enough Pebble Beach attendees say “build it,” chances are good that McLaren will listen.

Winning Captivation: McLaren MP4-12C GT3 Race Car Videos 5
Posted by Darryl in Automotive, mclaren, McLaren MP4-12C, McLaren MP4-12C GT3, video on 05 5th, 2011

Ever been to an opera? Yea, me neither and I don’t plan on going anytime soon. I would have to imagine that an opera, for obvious reasons, would not be the first thing that an automotive enthusiast would want to go see. Instead of wasting your time shattering your ear drums for hours at a time, take out about 15 minutes and view videos of McLaren MP4-12C GT3 race car go crazy around a race track.

McLaren has been so kind to provide exclusive footage of the new MP4-12C GT3 race car and the street-version of the MP4-12C tackling the sharp turns and straight-aways of a race track. Sit back and enjoy the videos below!