Illustration for article titled The McLaren 650S Can-Am Is A Throwback To One Of Racings Most Badass Eras

What’s the only thing cooler than auto racing? Auto racing in the 1960s and ‘70s, that’s what. And that era of Can-Am racing produced some of the most memorable events and cars the world has ever seen. Now McLaren has a 650S that salutes this era, and I want one.

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This is the McLaren 650S Can-Am. The name’s not very clever but the livery is sexy enough to make up for it. It’s a 50-model special edition that goes into production next spring to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first Can-Am race at Mont Tremblant, Canada.

McLaren has a lot of history in that series. Bruce McLaren Motor Racing began just a year before it began, and young McLaren’s racing team was one of the most dominant there in the late 1960s.

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Illustration for article titled The McLaren 650S Can-Am Is A Throwback To One Of Racings Most Badass Eras

What does the special edition 650S get? Besides the fantastic 641 horsepower 3.8-liter twin turbo V8, there’s a carbon fiber retractable hardtop, Can-Am badges, lightweight forged alloy wheels, Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires, carbon ceramic tires, a revised aero kit and more.

Plus, it comes in three racing livery-inspired color schemes, of which Mars Red is pictured here next to the M1B raced by Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon in their debut season.

Any way I can have both?

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Contact the author at patrick@jalopnik.com.

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