McLaren is celebrating 50 years since the inaugural season of the Can-Am series with the new limited-production McLaren 650S Can-Am road car based on the 650S Spider. The bespoke model, which will be limited to 50 examples, is inspired by the McLaren Can-Am race cars from the 1960s and will be built by the British automaker's McLaren Special Operations (MSO) division.
Just one year after Bruce McLaren Motor Racing was created, Bruce McLaren began racing in the Can-Am series in 1966. McLaren won five back-to-back seasons from 1967 to 1971.
Bespoke features of the new McLaren 650S Can-Am include a carbon fiber retractable hardtop, 650S Can-Am sill cover, carbon fiber louvered front fenders, and a new quad-exit stainless steel exhaust system surround by a new carbon fiber rear grille. As with other 650S models, other carbon fiber bits include the hood Airbrake, front splitter, rear bumper center, and door blades.
The unique wheels inspired by the original 1960s race cars are made from lightweight forged aluminum and feature a five-spoke design, gloss-black finish, diamond-cut rim, and titanium lug nuts. The wheels are wrapped in a set of Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires. Carbon ceramic brakes with black-painted calipers are standard on the 650S Can-Am.
Exterior colors for the bespoke McLaren 650S Can-Am include Mars Red, Papaya Spark, and Onyx Black. Mars Red, which is the launch color, is inspired by the M1B raced by Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon in 1966, while Papaya Spark is a modern interpretation of the classic Can-Am racing McLaren Orange. Finally, Onyx Black is similar to the base color used by McLaren customer teams. A corresponding historic racing livery is available for each color.
Leather and Alcantara wrap the standard sport seats, while exposed carbon fiber is visible throughout the interior. The driver's door features a bespoke Can-Am dedication plaque. The twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-8 is unchanged and makes 641 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque.
Priced at 255,850 or approximately $334,500, the McLaren 650S Can-Am will be available spring 2016.