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Mclaren to celebrate 50th Anniversary at this years Goodwood Festival of Speed


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McLaren is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and as part of its celebrations it will be showcasing a selection of cars from its history at this years Goodwood Festival of Speed.

One of the stars of the show for McLaren will be the 12C GT Cam-Am edition, which was announced earlier this year.

The 12C GT Cam-Am, which will be taking part in the famous Goodwood Hill Climb, which is track-focused has a limited run of no more than 30 examples and is the most powerful 12C ever has increased engine performance of up to 630hp.

The limited edition model pays tribute to Bruce McLaren and Denny Hulme who successfully raced a series of McLaren models in the Can-Am series, claiming a string of championships between them for Bruce McLaren Racing.

More photos, video and full press release after the jump

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Full press release below

McLaren to showcase heritage and contemporary Can-Am  

models at Goodwood Festival of Speed   

  • The Can-Am name to join the collection of historic McLaren models to run up the Goodwood Hill this summer
  • The ultimate McLaren racers of the 1960s and 70s honoured by the most powerful 12C produced to date

As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations, McLaren will showcase a selection of legendary models from the company’s heritage collection at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. Alongside some of the most famous race- and championship-winning models from the brand’s illustrious past will be the latest model from McLaren GT which echoes a name with significant links to McLaren – the 12C GT Can-Am Edition – which will thrill crowds as it takes part in the run up the Goodwood Hill.

The McLaren name is synonymous with Can-Am racing throughout the 1960s and 1970s, with the McLaren Racing team claiming five back-to-back world championships between 1969 and 1974, making it the most successful team in the history of the championship.

The original McLaren Can-Am racers were campaigned by great names from motorsport history including Bruce McLaren and Denny Hulme, and are the inspiration for the 12C GT Can-Am Edition. This latest project from McLaren GT is the rawest, most track-focused model built by McLaren Group’s race car manufacturing arm, to-date. Like the cars with which it shares the famous motorsport badge, the 12C GT Can-Am Edition features a powerful V8 engine, with the new model fitted with an unrestricted version of the 3.8-litre twin-turbo powerplant in the 12C GT3. Further modifications over the race-winning 12C GT3 include an optimised aerodynamics package, to provide even greater levels of downforce, and a passenger seat, to allow the thrills of this latest track car to be shared.

The track-only 12C GT Can-Am Edition will be produced in strictly limited numbers, with no more than 30 being built globally. This exclusivity is fitting for the most powerful 12C produced to-date – a worthy tribute to the first McLaren model to wear the Can-Am name since 1972.

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