How come? To celebrate McLaren's history with the Great White North.
Canada. The country to America’s north that’s often times overlooked by supercar manufacturers when it comes to bespoke special editions. Not so for McLaren, which recently partnered with Pfaff Automotive Partners, McLaren’s Canadian distributor, to build five unique that celebrate the brand’s history in the Great White North. All five cars, priced at $353,206 CAD before destination and taxes, were built by the UK company’s bespoke division, McLaren Special Operations (MSO), and all have styling features influenced by Canada.
For starters, the body paint is Silica White, with extensive exterior trim tined in red carbon fiber. There’s also a white accent stripe on the lower sills, subtle white Canadian flags replace the “570S” script on the door blades, as well as Canadian Maple Leaf accents on the rear of the car. The 10-spoke lightweight forged wheels have a stealth finish. The exterior is completed with the carbon fiber exterior pack and various other MSO Defined Carbon Fiber accents. The interiors are decked out in black leather and Alcantara. Of course, there’s a red , and even more maple leaf accents. Each car has a plaque identifying it as one of the five Canada Commissions.
The powertrain has not been changed, with the familiar 3.8-liter twin0turbo V8 with 562 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque paired to a seven-speed automatic gearbox. So, where did McLaren and Canadian history meet? Bruce McLaren won three races in a row in the Canadian Sportscar Championship in 1966, piloting a McLaren M1B. In 1968, McLaren and Denny Hulme finished first and second, respectively, in the Canadian Grand Prix. The following year, McLaren, Hulme, and John Surtees had a 1-2-3 podium finish at the opening round of the Can-Am Challenge in M8B and M12 racecars.