Yes, it bears one of those names that trips off the tongue like a walrus falling over a stool, but it’s worth learning because the 12CGTCAE... ahem... is the ultimate incarnation so far of a car that’s already rather remarkable.
Limited to a run of just 30 and billed as the ultimate track car, it’ll get a breathed-upon version of the standard car’s 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 with a unique engine calibration and an optimised cooling system.
The key difference, though, will be the removal of the GT3 version’s FIA-mandated restrictors, allowing the V8 to deliver its full 630hp potential. This we consider to be a Good Thing, and it might well address the criticisms of the Macca which hold that it just feels a bit too clinical.
Inside, there’ll be a steering wheel based on that of the MP4-24 Formula 1 car, as well as a full FIA-approved rollcage, black race seats, six-point harnesses, and... erm... an ‘integrated motorsport air conditioning system’. Just like they fit to all the GT3 racers. Or something.
Of course, all this finery must come at a price, and the Can-Am Edition’s is a not-inconsiderable £375,000. That’s more than twice the cost of the standard 12C, which seems a lot when you consider the upgrades involved. That said, a vast portion of that cost will be the price tag attached to the Can-Am’s exclusivity, and if it’s an exclusive McLaren you’re after, you can’t really do much better.
this little gem. It, too, is a rather special 12C, but this time it’s a full-fat, genuine GT3 racer.
That means it gets not only the magnificent aero package, but also all of the top-end suspension, braking and transmission upgrades that come with the territory.
Of course, it isn’t road legal, so this one’s strictly a circuit plaything for the wealthy, but we’d submit that it’s this, rather than the Can-Am Edition, which is probably the ultimate McLaren track car. What’s more, it’ll set you back significantly less at a shade under £300,000. You pays your money, you takes your choice – but we’d take the GT3 and spend the change on something to haul it around with.