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The McLaren MP4-12C GT Can-Am Edition has been confirmed for a limited production run following the car’s successful showing at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance earlier this year.

Originally revealed as a one-off design study in California, the announcement from McLaren GT that 30 McLaren MP4-12C GT Can-Am Editions will be produced means the lucky few who part with the 375,000 pounds ($575,500) will effectively own an unrestricted version of the 12C GT3 race car.

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Based on the British brand’s now 460kW twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V8-powered McLaren MP4-12C supercar, the 12C GT Can-Am Edition receives a unique engine calibration and optimised cooling system to see power reach 470kW, making it the most powerful MP4-12C available.

Adding to the car’s track potential is a high-downforce Formula One-honed aerodynamic package, which includes the large carbonfibre rear wing, to increase downforce by 30 per cent.

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Carbonfibre also features for the wing mirror mounts and covers, engine cover vents, side radiator intake vanes, sill covers and badges.

A full FIA-approved race-specification rollcage, two race seats with six-point harnesses, a unique McLaren GT steering wheel from the 12C GT3 race car – derived from McLaren’s F1 cars – and lightweight forged satin-black racing alloy wheels with Pirelli racing rubber complete the Can-Am Edition’s hardcore list of features.

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McLaren GT managing director Andrew Kirkaldy said demand for this type of track-day special has been strong.

“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.”

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Each McLaren MP4-12C GT Can-Am Edition will be built out of McLaren’s base in Woking, with production starting in March 2013.

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  • Norm

    Front end looks better resolved than the street version with it’s goofy open mouth expression.

    • Just saying

      Maybe you should apply for a styling job at McLaren. You obviously have a keen eye on car design. Go for it… Go on.