MCLAREN 650S CAN-AM SPIDER
A HISTORY OF CAN-AM
No engine restrictions, no minimum weight, radical aerodynamics… Can-Am was an engineer’s playground, a driver’s ultimate challenge and the race fan’s dream come true.
Known to race fans simply as ‘Can-Am’, the Canadian American Challenge Cup of the mid ’60s and early ’70s remains one of the most spectacular motorsport categories of all time.
Born out of the FIA’s Group 7 technical regulations, Can-Am’s rules were so liberal that only the cars’ dimensions, minimal safety equipment, and the requirement for enclosed wheels and two seats was specified. With no minimum weight, no engine restrictions and aerodynamic innovation given carte blanche, engineers pushed designs to the limit: by the early 1970s, Can-Am cars weighed under 800kg and produced more than 900bhp, figures comparable to today’s Formula 1™ cars.
McLaren contested the very first Can-Am race in St Jovite, Canada, in 1966, and went on to dominate the series: company founder Bruce McLaren and works drivers Denny Hulme and Peter Revson claimed five back-to-back drivers’ championships from 1967 to 1971.
Tragically, Can-Am was to cost McLaren founder Bruce McLaren his life: he died while testing the team’s new M8D race car at Goodwood on 2 June, 1970. Bruce was just 32 years old. His team rallied after his death, though, and was victorious in nine of the 10 Can-Am races that year. When the team won the 1971 championship too, it was the culmination of a half-decade of domination and a record 43 Can-Am victories.
INSPIRED BY MCLAREN'S CAN-AM VICTORIES
The design of the McLaren 650S Can-Am translates the spirit of our championship-winning Can-Am race cars to the fastest, most dynamic McLaren Spider of all time.
Three Race Inspired Colour Themes
The McLaren M1B debuted in the 1966 Can-Am season with distinctive red bodywork. To commemorate that inaugural year, the 650S Can-Am can be specified in Mars Red, a deep metallic finish that perfectly sets off the sculptural bodywork of the Super Series model. Inside, black Nappa leather seats feature Stone Grey Alcantara centres and contrast stitching.
McLaren Orange is the colour most commonly associated with McLaren’s dominant Can-Am years. To pay homage to those extraordinary racers, the 650S Can-Am is offered in Papaya Spark, an eye-catching shade that gives the 650S Can-Am yet more visual impact. Black Nappa leather seats with contrasting blue Alcantara centres and contrast stitching complete the distinctive design.
The 650S Can-Am is offered in Onyx Black exterior paint, for an assertive, stealthy appearance that also recalls a period Can-Am colour scheme. Black leather seats with distinctive red Alcantara centres and contrast stitching feature in the driver-focused interior.
All models feature five-spoke black alloy wheels, and a bonnet, retractable hardtop and Airbrake finished in visual carbon fibre. Distinctive Can-Am-inspired liveries can also be specified.
Inside, heated electric seats, extended carbon fibre trim, a dedication plaque, and a carbon fibre sill complete the comprehensive MSO specification.
A ROAD CAR BUILT BY A RACING TEAM
Transferring innovations from McLaren’s five decades of motorsport success direct to the road, the McLaren 650S Can-Am is a supercar like no other.
Twin Turbo Engine
The mid-mounted M383T engine lies at the heart of the 650S Can-Am. Featuring twin turbocharging technology and a 3.8-litre displacement, the V8 engine produces a staggering 650PS (641bhp) and 678Nm (500lb ft) for a 0-100kph (0-62mph) time of just 3.0 seconds and a 329kph (204mph) top speed. Not only is this engine incredibly potent, but it’s also highly efficient, with a combined 24.2mpg and CO2 emissions of just 275g/km.
Rocker Shift Gearbox
Power is delivered to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, offering a choice of automatic, semi-automatic or entirely manual control. In any mode, the driver is able to make gear changes on the steering-wheel-mounted rocker-shift controls. Shifts automatically adapt to your driving: super-fast engagement when you’re chasing a lap time, silky smooth when you’re cruising through town.
Active Dynamics Panel
Located in easy reach on the centre console, the Active Dynamics Panel allows you to adapt Powertrain and Handling modes to your ideal preferences. Choose from Normal, Sport and Track. Normal is perfect for daily use, and balances comfort and refinement with exceptional performance. In Sport, the McLaren 650S Can-Am becomes even more focused, while Track delivers the purest, most extreme driving experience, without compromise.