McLaren 12C Can-Am Edition Coming To Pebble Beach!
McLaren Group just dropped a bomb on us! From what we see here it seems that McLaren GT (the new race car manufacturing arm of McLaren Group) has designed a perfect track car! They plan to reveal it at Pebble Beach Concours and its the 12C Can-Am Edition.
Showcased in the striking shade of McLaren orange, it defines what a proper tribute to the cars of Bruce McLaren and Denny Humle which were driven across racing tracks and proved highly successful back in the 1960s and 1970s. Being purely a concept at this stage, and designed as the ‘ultimate track car’, the 12C Can-Am Edition is not subject to the regular racing regulations, despite being based on the 12C GT3 race car.
The revised version of the familiar 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 engine features a unique engine calibration and optimised cooling system, which allows a power output of up to 630hp, making it the most powerful 12C derivative ever shown. The overall dry weight is just 1,200kg (2645.5lbs).
Interior is filled with cutting edge racing technology, carbon fiber, a full race-specification roll-cage is installed, steering wheel is carried over from the 12C GT3 race car, with the grip molded from that of Lewis Hamilton’s MP4-24 Formula 1 race car! There is also a mandatory integrated air conditioning system installed, complying with the growing number of race series who demand it.
Not bad at all, right? We’ve received a full press release and media gallery of this awesome concept and the whole thing is showcased right below! Take a look at what McLaren showcases in both the textual and photograph part, it’s well worth it!
McLAREN 12C CAN-AM EDITION RACING CONCEPT MAKES DEBUT AT PEBBLE BEACH CONCOURS D’ ELEGANCE WEEKEND
Aug 15, 2012
Track-only design concept weighs 1,200kg (2645.5lbs) and features unique aerodynamic package with a 30 per cent increase in downforce
More powerful 12C with increased engine performance of up to 630hp
Debut showing of a 12C racing concept variant designed for the North American market
McLaren GT, the new race car manufacturing arm of the McLaren Group, is presenting a dramatic track-focused concept at the Pebble Beach Concours, the 12C Can-Am Edition. The one-off design study is finished in historic McLaren Orange and satin black.
The 12C Can-Am Edition is finished in striking shade of McLaren Orange, in tribute to cars of Bruce McLaren and Denny Hulme which were extremely successful throughout the 1960s and 1970s. The bold hue is in dramatic contrast to the roof, door and bumper sections, finished in satin black, while carbon fibre also features on the side radiator vanes, wing mirrors and engine cover. The McLaren badges on the front and rear are also finished in carbon fibre. Beneath the surface, the 12C Can-Am Edition shares the same carbon fibre MonoCell chassis as the 12C road car.
Being purely a concept at this stage, and designed as the ‘ultimate track car’, the 12C Can-Am Edition is not subject to the regular racing regulations, despite being based on the 12C GT3 race car. The revised version of the familiar 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 engine features a unique engine calibration and optimised cooling system, which allows a power output of up to 630hp, making it the most powerful 12C derivative ever shown. The overall dry weight is just 1,200kg (2645.5lbs).
The unique aerodynamics of the 12C Can-Am Edition, as with the 12C GT3 race car, have been honed by McLaren Racing using Formula 1 technology and simulation to optimise downforce. This unique package offers an increase in downforce of 30 per cent.
The optimised aerodynamic package includes a carbon fibre front splitter, carbon fibre dive planes, and a carbon fibre wing which dominates the rear of the car. The wing is held in place by polished aluminium mounts. An imposing carbon fibre diffuser helps to further maximise the aerodynamic package, fitted beneath the two-tone rear bumper.
The extra power output of the 12C Can-Am Edition is kept in check with a braking system developed by Akebono. The highly efficient braking system sits behind a set of black satin-finished forged lightweight racing alloy wheels, shod with Pirelli racing slick tyres which complete the exterior revisions.
Inside the cockpit, the 12C Can-Am Edition is race ready as well. Two black race seats, complete with full six-point harnesses are mounted within the cabin, while a full race-specification rollcage has also been fitted. The steering wheel is carried over from the 12C GT3, with the shape and grip derived from that of Lewis Hamilton’s MP4-24 Formula 1 car, while carbon fibre detailing also continues throughout the cabin, across the dashboard and sill panels. An integrated air conditioning system, mandatory now in a growing number of race series, is also present.
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