Luxury high-performance sports car maker McLaren has unveiled a limited edition tribute model that links back to the company’s origins.
Only 50 Can-Am 650s versions will be built as McLaren celebrates the 50th anniversary of the inaugural Can-Am competition which it dominated from 1967-1971. The competition – full name Canadian-American Challenge Cup – with no engine restrictions, no minimum weight and radical aerodynamics was considered an engineer’s playground and a driver’s ultimate challenge.
The limited edition 650S Can-Am, unveiled by McLaren Special Operations (MSO), is not the company’s first attempt at a Can-Am tribute. Back in 2012 a one-off design study 12C Can-Am Edition was unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours in the US.
Like the 650S Spider, this limited production model features the 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 which produces 650PS and 678Nm of torque and blasting from 0 to 100 kmph takes three seconds and its top speed is 329 kmph. One of the colour options is Mars Red, directly inspired by the M1B car raced by McLaren and Amon during the Can-Am competition’s inaugural season. Other colours are Papaya Spark, a modern take on the famous McLaren Orange while the third option is Onyx Black, similar to the base colour used by McLaren customer teams in later seasons.
Can-Am racers include carbon fibre louvred front wings and a new quad-exit, polished stainless steel exhaust system. The louvres are designed to reduce pressure over the front wheels and increase downforce while the four circular tailpipes at the rear of the car housed within a new visual carbon fibre rear grille echo the aggressive and purposeful throttle trumpets of the historic models. They also provide the 650S Can-Am with a unique soundtrack. A set of custom forged wheels have been developed by McLaren Special Operations with a gloss black finish and a five-spoke design.
McLaren says the limited edition Can-Am tribute will set you back £255,850.