During the 1960’s and 70’s, McLaren were the force to be reckoned with at the beginning of the Can-Am motorsport championship. Started in 1966, McLaren set the very high benchmark right from the off, winning five consecutive championships from 1967 to 1971 and have dubbed it the “golden age of motorsport”. McLaren Special Operations have decided to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Can-Am with the McLaren 650S Can-Am model. Based on the 650S Spider, only 50 examples will be produced and will cost £255,850. Deliveries will begin during the Spring of 2016, 50 years after the first race at Mont Tremblant, Canada.
The Canadian-American Challenge Cup attracted some of the best drivers around the globe including Jackie Stewart, Graham Hill and Bruce McLaren. The Cup started just a year after Bruce McLaren Motor Racing was established, the New Zealand racer went on to become one of the most successful names in the sport.
McLaren prided themselves on their use of the latest materials and technology 50 years ago and the 650S Can-Am harks back to this – using lightweight carbon-fibre throughout, including the MonoCell chassis. Carbon-fibre also features in the new retractable hard-top, as well as the Airbrake, front splitter, bonnet, rear bumper and door blades. There are also new lightweight 60’s inspired alloy wheels finished in gloss-black and a diamond cut rim.
Further bespoke features to the Can-Am model include the carbon-fibre louvered front wings and a quad exit, stainless steel exhaust. Just like the 650S Spider, this special edition model features a 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 engine, which produces 641bhp and 500b ft of torque. This means that 0-62mph is over in just 3 seconds and will carry on to a top speed of 204mph.
The 650S Can-Am will be available in three colours, inspired by racers of old. The launch colour, Mars Red, harks back to the M1B raced by Bruce McLaren and his teammate Chris Amon in the first season. The second colour, Papaya Spark, is a metallic take on the Can-Am racing McLaren Orange. Finally there is Onyx Black, being the base colour of many of the McLaren customer teams. Each of these three colours are also available with corresponding racing livery.