McLaren's Kiwi heritage is to the fore again as the company seeks to showcase its Can-Am stars at England's Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Can-Am cars were the ultimate McLaren racers of the 1960s and 70s with company founder Bruce McLaren and his fellow Kiwi, Denny Hulme, at the wheel.
McLaren honoured the class recently with the a special edition 12C GT Can-Am Edition for the track and this week released a short video clip featuring that car and a M8D Can-Am classic racer with sound track reliving the McLaren and Hulme era.
With Hulme and McLaren behind the wheel, McLaren won Can-Am world championship titles for five consecutive years from 1969, making it the most successful team in the history of the championship and providing the inspiration for the 12C GT Can-Am Edition.
This latest project from McLaren GT is the rawest, most track-focused model built by the company's race car manufacturing arm.
Like the cars with which it shares the famous motorsport badge, the GT Can-Am Edition features a powerful V8 engine, with the new model fitted with an unrestricted version of the 3.8-litre twin-turbo powerplant in the 12C GT3.
Further modifications over the race-winning 12C GT3 include an optimised aerodynamics package, to provide even greater levels of downforce, and a passenger seat, to allow the thrills of this latest track car to be shared.
The track-only 12C GT Can-Am Edition will be produced in strictly limited numbers, with no more than 30 being built globally.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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