McLaren shows off track-ready 12C Can-Am Edition concept

The ultimate 12C iteration?
Aug 15, 2012

TopGear.com.ph Philippine Car News - McLaren shows off track-ready 12C Can-Am Edition racing concept

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.

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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.

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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.

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