Limited edition £255,850 supercar celebrates 50th anniversary of McLaren in Canadian-American championship

McLaren is never one for ignoring its racing past, and the British firm has announced a new Can-Am special edition of the 650S Spider. Priced at £255,850 (over £40,000 more than the standard car) it’s limited to just 50 examples.

This limited edition model has been designed to celebrate McLaren’s 50th anniversary of the inaugural year of the Canadian-American Challenge Cup. The race series ran from 1966 to 1987, and featured drivers such as Graham Hill, John Surtees, Jackie Stewart and Bruce McLaren.

The 650S Spider features a livery and decals that hark back to McLaren’s original racing car, which racked up five consecutive championship wins in the hands of Bruce from 1967 to 1971. It’s created in partnership with McLaren Special Operations (MSO) and also gets extra carbon fibre parts, including the front spoiler, bonnet and airbrake.

The folding hardtop is also made from carbon, while a set of unique lightweight forged alloys can also be had with titanium bolts. New front wing louvres and a revised stainless steel exhaust system is said to give this special 650S a ‘unique soundtrack’.

Performance figures for the Can-Am are unchanged (0-62mph in 3.0 seconds, 204mph). The speical edition can be had in three colours, and the interior features a dedicated numbered plaque on the driver’s door.