We've always loved the pure power and the brutality of Can-Am racers. No compromise, no restrictions, no limits. We've always thought of Can-Am as road racing's version of Group B Rally in fact. Now, with McLaren's 50th anniversary at hand, there's going to be more noise than ever coming to the Good Wood Festival of speed.
Alongside some of the most famous race and championship winning models from the brand’s past, attending the annual petrol fest will be the latest model from McLaren GT, which echoes a name with significant links to McLaren – the McLaren 12C GT Can-Am Edition.
The McLaren name and Can-Am racing are like strawberries and cream; the team having claimed five back-to-back world championships between 1969 and 1974.
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The original McLaren Can-Am racers were campaigned by great names from Motorsport history, including Bruce McLaren and Denny Hulme, and are the inspiration for the 12C GT Can-Am Edition. This latest project from McLaren GT is the rawest, most track-focused model ever built by Mclaren to-date. The 12C GT Can-Am Edition features a powerful V8 engine, with the new model fitted with an unrestricted version of the 3.8-litre twin-turbo powerplant in the 12C GT3. Further modifications over the race-winning 12C GT3 include an optimised aerodynamics package to provide even greater levels of down force, and a passenger seat, to allow the thrills of this latest track car to be shared.
The track-only 12C GT Can-Am Edition will be produced in strictly limited numbers, with no more than 30 being built globally. This exclusivity is fitting for the most powerful 12C produced to-date – a worthy tribute to the first McLaren model to wear the Can-Am name since 1972.