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Malcolm Flynn | Nov 19, 2012

McLaren has revealed that it will build a limited run of the track-only Can-Am concept revealed at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance earlier this year.

Based on the MP4-12C GT3 racer, the Can-Am is named in honour of the McLaren Can-Am racing campaigns of McLaren founder Bruce McLaren and fellow kiwi Denny Hulme the 60s and 70s.

The Can-Am Edition will be the most powerful MP4-12C derivative to date, producing 470kW through a version of the McLaren 3.8 litre twin-turbo V8, been liberated from FIA restrictions.

Incidentally, these restrictions limit the GT3 to just 369kW, while 2013-spec versions of the road car produce a near Can-Am matching 460kW.

Engine aside, the Can-Am scores much of the GT3 model’s aerodynamic package, including front splitter, rear diffuser and an array of vents and bulges.

The interior is also common to the GT3 version, including an FIA-approved roll cage, six point harnesses and current MP4-24 F1 car based steering wheel.

Unique to the Can-Am though is a taller rear wing, along with carbon fibre finished door mirror mounts and covers, engine cover vents, and side radiator intake vanes, resulting in a claimed 30 percent increase in downforce over the standard road car.

These departures from GT3 spec also preclude the Can-Am Edition from any current race category homologation, and the model will be purely targeted at wealthy track-day enthusiasts.

This is a similar approach to that used by Ferrari with its unique FXX and 599XX track-only models.

Developed by McLaren’s racing arm, McLaren GT, the Can-Am Edition has grown from the positive customer reaction to the Pebble Beach concept.

“The reaction and response following the (concept’s) unveiling was remarkable. It is a real testament to the performance and results of the McLaren GT customer teams this year, that there is such a strong demand for this type of track-day special”, McLaren GT’s Andrew Kirkaldy said.

McLaren will limit production of the MP4-12C Can-Am Edition to just 30 units, commencing in March 2013.

The track-only version will carry a pricetag of £375,000 (AU$575,000), more than double the coupe version of the road car’s current £176,000 (AU$270,000) UK price.

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