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Published on August 16th, 2012 | by Seán Ward

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New McLaren Racer for Pebble Beach

McLaren has unveiled a new MP4-12C racer concept to be shown for the first time at the Pebble Beach Councours at the end of the month: the 12C Can-Am.

This is the most powerful 12C to ever be built by McLaren, with 630 bhp, and also has a significant weight reduction over the road car (the Can-Am weighs 1200 kg) and a 30% increase in downforce, thanks to the massive fixed rear wing and a number of changes to the front splitter and rear diffuser.

The 12C Can-Am Concept, McLaren say, is ‘designed to be the ultimate track car’, and while it is based upon the GT3 car, it doesn’t have to adhere to GT3 regulations, giving the designers a tad more freedom.

The Can-Am is finished in McLaren Orange and Satin Black, both of which were colours used on the Can-Am cars of New Zealand racing drivers Bruce McLaren and Denny Hulme. Bruce McLaren was the founder of the McLaren race team back in the 1970s, and had 104 starts in F1, won LeMans in 1966 in a Ford GT40, and tragically died at Goodwood Motor Circuit in June 1970 while testing his Can-Am car. Denny Hulme, a team mate to McLaren, had 112 starts in F1 and became F1 World Champion in 1967, although many still remember him for his role in Can-Am racing.

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