These are the first pictures of the most powerful McLaren MP4-12C yet, the one-off Can-Am racing concept
15 August 2012

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.

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15 August 2012

Better looking than the street version?..........

Peter Cavellini.

15 August 2012

I think that this warm act for the scud version of mp4-12 and we all now that after the new enzo there will be f458 scud and that will have 640-660bhp of car in track day set up and what ever ferrari do mc laren go one step futher.

15 August 2012

Looks great, although the 'Can-Am' designation disguises the inevitable conclusion that this is McLaren's take on Ferrari's successful FXX and 599XX programs, if they get enough interest in it.

Being "free from race regulations" means it can't compete anywhere, and it's clearly not street-legal, so the only place you'd be able to drive it is at a trackday - just like a Ferrari XX.

Now, if they can inject a bit of this car's visual menace into the standard road car for a 'Scuderia' rival, they'll cover off the major weakness of the standard MP4-12C.

15 August 2012

This Mclaren Can-Am should make a great Scalextric car. 

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16 August 2012

Overall I like the visual improvements, however the central inlet in the frt bumper looks too much like a mouth from one of Pixars' Cars movies, can't take it seriously now.

 

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