McLaren GT, the company's new race car manufacturing arm, has built the Can-Am edition
McLaren describes the new car as a design study
A huge carbonfibre rear wing is supported by polished aluminium mounts
The new 12C is the first time a racing variant has been seen outside Europe
New engine calibration and cooling had contributed to a power hike to 630bhp
The Can-Am weighs 1200kg and shares the same MonoCell chassis with the road car
The upwards-opening doors are retained for the Can-Am concept
Recaro race seats and six-point harnesses are fitted
Fabric door pulls are evidence of the drive to save weight
A huge rear diffuser, constructed from carbonfibre, is fitted
Downforce is said to be increased by 30 per cent
Lightweight forged alloy wheels hide Akebono brakes
The steering wheel is carried over from the MP4-12C GT3, and is derived from Lewis Hamilton's F1 car's wheel
The two-tone rear bumper has been derived from that fitted to the GT3 racer
Aggressive aerodynamics are evident around the front wheels
The McLaren Orange paint pays tribute to the hue of Bruce McLaren and Denny Hulme's race cars
Slick Pirelli tyres are fitted
The most extreme version yet of the McLaren MP4-12C has been revealed. The McLaren 12C Cam-Am edition racing concept will make its debut at the Pebble Beach Concours this weekend.
The one-off track-focused concept is based on the McLaren MP4-12C GT3 race car but, free from race regulations, the 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 has been revised to develop 630bhp. Key changes are to the engine calibration and cooling system. Dry weight is 1200kg.
McLaren claims downforce has been increased by 30 per cent over the standard car. The 12C Cam-Am’s aero package includes a carbonfibre front splitter, rear diffuser, dive plane winglets and a rear wing supported by polished aluminium mounts. Extensive use of carbonfibre for the wing mirrors, engine cover and side cooling vanes contrast with the McLaren Orange paint — a tribute to the cars of Bruce McLaren and Denny Hulme.
Exterior revisions are completed by black satin forged lightweight alloy wheels and Akebono brakes.
The cabin features race seats, six-point harnesses and a race-spec roll cage. The steering wheel has been carried over from the GT3, with a shape and grip derived from Lewis Hamilton's F1 car.