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McLaren Announces Production Plans for the 12 GT Can-Am Edition

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Earlier this summer McLaren unveiled the 12C Can-Am Edition concept at the Pebble Beach Concours and now McLaren has confirmed plans for a limited production run of the track-focused 12C GT Can-Am Edition.

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The limited edition track-special pays tribute to Bruce McLaren and Denny Hulme who successfully raced a series of McLaren models in the Can-Am series, claiming a string of championships between them for Bruce McLaren Racing.

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The McLaren 12C GT Can-Am Edition is powered by a 3.8L twin-turbo V8 engine with a unique engine calibration, and optimised cooling system to increase the power output of up to 630-hp, making the 12C GT Can-Am Edition the most powerful 12C produced to date.

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On the outside the 12C GT Can-Am Edition features a large carbon fiber rear wing that forms part of a unique high downforce aerodynamic package which has been honed by McLaren Racing using Formula 1 technology and simulation, and offers an increase in downforce by 30 percent. Further carbon fiber components enhance the styling of the track car, further differentiating it from the GT3 racing version. These include door mirror mounts and covers, engine cover vents, side radiator intake vanes, sill covers and badges.

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Inside it shares the same carbon fiber MonoCell chassis as the 12C and 12C Spider. The 12C GT Can-Am Edition is also fitted with a full FIA-approved race-specification rollcage. Inside the cockpit are two black race seats, complete with full six-point harnesses, and a unique McLaren GT steering wheel carried over from the 12C GT3 race car. The shape and grip of the steering wheel is derived from the McLaren MP4-24 Formula 1 car.

The 12C GT Can-Am Edition will be strictly limited to a production run of no more than 30 cars, costing £375,000. Each will be built at the new home of McLaren GT in Woking, starting in March 2013.

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