Kiwi tribute supercar to become reality

Last updated 12:15 19/11/2012
McLaren 12C GT Can-Am Edition
The McLaren 12C GT Can-Am Edition.

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A track-focussed supercar tribute to Kiwi motorsport legends Bruce McLaren and Denny Hulme is no longer just a concept.


Click photo at left for more views of the McLaren 12C GT Can-Am Edition.


McLaren GT, the race car manufacturing arm of the McLaren Group, announced at the weekend that the company's 12C GT Can-Am Edition is to be built in limited numbers.

No more than 30 examples of the limited edition track-special will be built at McLaren GT's new home in Woking, England, with production commencing from March 2013, and each vehicle costing £375,000 (NZ$732,400).

The supercar pays tribute to the Kiwi pair who successfully raced McLaren models in the Can-Am series, claiming a string of championships for Bruce McLaren Racing.

Billed as the 'ultimate track car', these will not be subject to the usual racing regulations of the successful 12C GT3 racer on which it is based.

Each will be fitted with an unrestricted version of the familiar 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 engine with a unique engine calibration, and optimised cooling system to increase the power output of up to 630hp, making the Can-Am Edition the most powerful 12C produced to date.

Buyers of the 12C GT Can-Am Edition will also be able to benefit from bespoke support packages from McLaren GT.

Andrew Kirkaldy, managing director of McLaren GT, was proud of the project.

"The 12C Can-Am Edition concept shown at Pebble Beach earlier this year was purely that, a one-off design study, however, the reaction and response following the unveil was remarkable," said Kirkaldy.

"It is a real testament to the performance and results of the McLaren GT customer teams this year, still only in the debut competitive season, that there is such a strong demand for this type of track-day special.

"The Can-Am name holds significant historical provenance for the McLaren brand, and those early racing cars of Bruce McLaren and Denny Hulme were truly incredible machines.

"To be able to produce this unshackled limited edition version of the 12C, I think is a fantastic way to resurrect a glorious chapter in the company’s past.''

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