The new race car making unit of the McLaren Group, McLaren GT, is showcasing a track-focused concept at the Pebble Beach Concours. The 12C Can-Am Edition marks the debut of a 12C racing variant outside Europe. The carmaker gave the 12C Can-Am Edition a McLaren Orange finish, as homage to the cars of Bruce McLaren and Denny Hulme that met extraordinary success throughout the 1960s and 1970s. The McLaren Orange finish is in sharp contrast to the roof, door and bumper sections, which are finished in satin black. 12C Can-Am Edition also features carbon fibre side radiator vanes, wing mirrors and engine cover.
McLaren badges on the front and rear of the 12C Can-Am Edition are also finished in carbon fibre. The 12C Can-Am Edition is underpinned by the same carbon fibre MonoCell chassis that supports the conventional 12C road car. Since the 12C Can-Am Edition is just a pure concept, designed as the ‘ultimate track car’ and despite being based on the 12C GT3 race car, it is not subject to any regular racing regulations. The 12C Can-Am Edition is powered by a revised version of the 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 engine, which features a distinct engine calibration and augmented cooling system, allowing the power unit to provide up to 630hp. This surge of power alone makes the 12C Can-Am Edition the most powerful 12C derivative ever shown.
Having an overall dry weight of 1,200kg (2645.5lbs), the 12C Can-Am Edition features unique aerodynamics that is developed and designed by McLaren Racing using Formula 1 technology and simulation to optimise downforce by around 30 percent more. The optimised aerodynamic package includes a carbon fibre front splitter, carbon fibre dive planes, and a carbon fibre wing at the rear. To further maximise the aerodynamic package, the 12C Can-Am Edition is fitted with an imposing carbon fibre diffuser beneath the two-tone rear bumper.