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Track-only McLaren 12C Can-Am Edition concept to debut at Pebble beach

The McLaren 12C Can-Am Edition racing concept that will be shown at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
The McLaren 12C Can-Am Edition racing concept that will be shown at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
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The carbon fiber wing is held in place by polished aluminum mounts
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The carbon fiber wing is held in place by polished aluminum mounts
The McLaren 12C Can-Am Edition racing concept's 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine
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The McLaren 12C Can-Am Edition racing concept's 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine
McLaren 12C Can-Am Edition racing concept front angle view
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McLaren 12C Can-Am Edition racing concept front angle view
McLaren 12C Can-Am Edition racing concept front angle view door open
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McLaren 12C Can-Am Edition racing concept front angle view door open
The McLaren 12C Can-Am Edition racing concept that will be shown at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
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The McLaren 12C Can-Am Edition racing concept that will be shown at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
McLaren 12C Can-Am Edition racing concept low front view
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McLaren 12C Can-Am Edition racing concept low front view
McLaren 12C Can-Am Edition racing concept low front view door open
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McLaren 12C Can-Am Edition racing concept low front view door open
McLaren 12C Can-Am Edition racing concept race seats
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McLaren 12C Can-Am Edition racing concept race seats
McLaren 12C Can-Am Edition racing concept's steering wheel derived from Lewis Hamilton’s MP4-24 Formula 1 car
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McLaren 12C Can-Am Edition racing concept's steering wheel derived from Lewis Hamilton’s MP4-24 Formula 1 car
McLaren 12C Can-Am Edition racing concept low front angle view door open
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McLaren 12C Can-Am Edition racing concept low front angle view door open
McLaren 12C Can-Am Edition racing concept interior
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McLaren 12C Can-Am Edition racing concept interior
McLaren 12C Can-Am Edition racing concept side view
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McLaren 12C Can-Am Edition racing concept side view
McLaren 12C Can-Am Edition racing concept rear angle view
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McLaren 12C Can-Am Edition racing concept rear angle view
McLaren 12C Can-Am Edition racing concept rear angle view door open
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McLaren 12C Can-Am Edition racing concept rear angle view door open
McLaren 12C Can-Am Edition racing concept
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McLaren 12C Can-Am Edition racing concept
McLaren 12C Can-Am Edition racing concept rear view
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McLaren 12C Can-Am Edition racing concept rear view
McLaren 12C Can-Am Edition racing concept wheels
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McLaren 12C Can-Am Edition racing concept wheels

McLaren’s new race manufacturing arm, McLaren GT, is set to make its presence felt at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance by rolling out its 12C Can-Am Edition racing concept. Based on the 12C GT3 race car, the one-off design study is finished in McLaren Orange and satin black, with its U.S. appearance marking the first time a 12C racing variant has ventured outside Europe.

As a concept car and therefore not subject to any of the regular racing regulations, the McLaren team was freed up in their attempt to create “the ultimate track car.” With the benefit of some engine calibration and an optimized cooling system, the 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that is found in the 12C GT3 has been upped from a de-tuned 500 hp to 630 hp, making it the most powerful 12C variant ever shown.

The 12C Can-Am Edition concept also shares the same 75 kg (165 lb) carbon fiber MonoCell chassis used in both the 12C GT3 and the 12C road car and boasts an overall dry weight of 1,200 kg (2,645.5 lb). Carbon fiber can also be found on the side radiator vanes, wing mirrors and engine cover, as well as in various components of an optimized aerodynamic package.

McLaren 12C Can-Am Edition racing concept side view
McLaren 12C Can-Am Edition racing concept side view

This package includes carbon fiber front splitter, dive planes and rear wing, which is held in place by polished aluminum mounts. A carbon fiber diffuser is also fitted beneath the two-tone rear bumper to enhance the performance of the aerodynamic package, which McLaren says offers an increase in down-force of 30 percent.

The carbon fiber also extends to the vehicle’s interior with detailing throughout the cabin, across the dashboard and sill panels. There are two black race seats with six-point harnesses and the same steering wheel derived from Lewis Hamilton’s MP4-24 Formula 1 car that is found in the 12C GT3. A full race-specification rollcage and an integrated AC system, which is now mandatory in a growing number of race series, are also on board.

McLaren 12C Can-Am Edition racing concept interior
McLaren 12C Can-Am Edition racing concept interior

Those in the neighborhood can check out the McLaren 12C Can-Am Edition racing concept in person at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, which kicks off this Sunday, August 19, in Pebble Beach, California. Everyone else will have to make do with the images in the gallery.

Source: McLaren

3 comments
Nelson
So let me get this right; this car does not meet any racing car regulations, and it cannot run on the street, so its only purpose is for rich guys to run around a track. What a waste of time and materials. Therre so much better things the time, materials and money could be used for!
Dennis Roberts
Nelson, there are much more altruistic things the time, materials and money could be used for. But if you have the cash and desire, you get to choose. Welcome to the capitalist world 2012. It may not seem fair, but the ones with the cash make the rules.
estelja
Can't wait for the Top Gear episode where they test this against the Ferrari FXX.
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