McLaren MP4-12C Can-Am Edition is Track Ready With 630-HP

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

McLaren has had a highly successful year with its MP4-12C, and the British automaker is looking to further impress American enthusiasts at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Heavily influenced by the MP4-12C GT3 race car, the MP4-12C Can-Am Edition is a concept by McLaren GT, the new subdivision of the automaker specializing in developing race cars. It features a wide body kit, fully complemented by a carbon fiber splitter, dive planes, rear spoiler, and rear diffuser, helping increase downforce by over 30-percent compared to the factory model.

To give it a true McLaren heritage to the Can-Am Edition, McLaren GT finished it off in a bright orange shade, reminiscent of the cars from Bruce McLaren and Denny Hulme from the ’60s and ’70s. The beautiful orange is contrasted by matte black and carbon fiber accents.

And since this is merely a concept, McLaren was able to tune its 3.8-liter, twin-turbo V8 to pump out 630-hp while weighing in at a scant 2,645.5 lbs. On all four corners are lightweight matte black forged wheels, while upgraded brakes reside behind each roller. Of course the interior has been completely stripped out to be in true race form, featuring six-point harnesses, a full roll cage, and a removable steering wheel.

GALLERY: McLaren MP4-12C Can-Am Edition Concept

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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