2012 McLaren MP4-12C Can-Am GT review and pictures

Posted on Monday, 19 November 2012 , 17:11:55 byDan

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McLaren MP4-12C Can-Am GT

Some of you had the opportunity to participate at the US Formula 1 Grand Prix that took place at Austin, Texas. Before it started, British carmaker McLaren made an announcement. Apparently the specialists will introduce a production version of the Can-Am Concept presented last summer at the Pebble Beach Concours D Elegance. Anyway, the model will be built as a limited edition. The McLaren GT Working-based racing division of the carmaker was the one developing the car which has as base the GT3 racing version.

The new McLaren Can-Am GT received an aggressive aerodynamic package that increases down force by up to 30%. To be more precise, the package includes a prominent front spoiler and also a very big rear wing which is made of carbon fiber. The same material was also used for the engine cover vents, side radiator intakes vanes, door mirror mounts and covers, badges and sill covers. The list of new features continues with forged lightweight racing alloy wheels covered in Pirelli racing tires finished in black satin paint. For the interior, the specialists also offered a race-spec full roll cage fitted with black race seat, six-point seatbelts, but also a steering wheel similar to the one the GT3 racer has.

The new McLaren Can-Am GT will be offered with a special air conditioning unit inside the carbon fiber dashboard. Under the hood the new model features a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine capable of generating 630 horsepower thanks to the optimized cooling system. After all the modifications, the McLaren Can-Am GT became the most powerful MP4-12C variant so far. The production process will begin in March next year and the carmaker will sell it for at least GBP375.000. McLaren will not build more than 30 units and will be available only for track-use.