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.
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.
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.
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."
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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