McLaren GT, the McLaren Group's race-car manufacturing arm, has come up with a track-focused concept it calls the 12C Can-Am Edition.
Set to debut at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance this month, the 12C Can-Am Edition has been designed as the "ultimate track car." But being purely a concept at this stage, it's not subject to racing regulations despite being based on the 12C GT3 race car.
Like the 12C GT3 race car though, the aerodynamics of the 12C Can-Am Edition has been honed by McLaren Racing using Formula 1 technology and simulation to increase its downforce by 30 percent. This optimized aerodynamic package includes a carbon-fiber front splitter, dive planes, and a rear wing that dominates the car's backside. Completing and further maximizing the aerodynamics package is a carbon-fiber diffuser fitted beneath the rear bumper.
The 12C Can-Am Edition's cockpit is race-ready as well, with two black race seats complete with full six-point harnesses, mounted within the cabin. A full race-specification roll cage has also been fitted. While its steering wheel has been carried over from the 12C GT3, the car's shape and grip are derived from Lewis Hamilton's MP4-24 Formula 1 car. Like the exterior, carbon-fiber detailing continues throughout the cabin, across the dashboard and sill panels. It also sports an integrated air-conditioning system that has become mandatory in a growing number of racing series.
A revised version of the 12C's 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine with a unique engine calibration and optimized cooling system, powers the 12C Can-Am Edition up to 630hp, making it the most powerful 12C derivative ever. Keeping all that power in check is a braking system developed by Akebono, while a set of black satin-finished forged lightweight racing alloy wheels shod with Pirelli racing slick tires complete the exterior revisions.