THE first ever Middle East public display for one of the most unique modern supercars McLaren Automotive has ever created is certain to draw attention from right across the region.
This weekend will see the McLaren 650S Can-Am go on show at Gulf Concours, held on the stunning terrace at the famous Burj Al Arab hotel.
Can-Am (Canada-America) racing was based in North America from 1966 to 1974 and gave engineers the freedom to design and build the most powerful cars with the best aerodynamics, but it was McLaren and the M1B in particular, which dominated the series.
In honor of the famous model’s 50th birthday, McLaren Special Operations (MSO) immortalized it by creating the limited edition 650S Can-Am. Only 50 have been produced globally, all based on the 650S Spider and the model on display at Gulf Concours is the only one in the UAE.
It is on display for the first time alongside its mentor, the 1966 Mars Red, M1B Open Cockpit, which was designed and built by Bruce McLaren and Robin Herd and is powered by a 340bhp Oldsmobile-badged, Chevrolet V8.
In addition to the 650S Can-Am and M1B, McLaren is also displaying its newest entries into the luxury sports car market with the 570S Coupé and 570GT, which represents the first models to be launched in the company’s new Sports Series range.
Carbon Fiber features extensively throughout the 650S Can-Am and for the first time, a carbon fiber retractable hardtop is incorporated, while further carbon fiber is used for the bonnet, Airbrake, front splitter, rear bumper, door blades and 650S Can-Am branded sill cover.
MSO has also created a unique set of lightweight forged alloy wheels inspired by the 1960’s racer and further unique Can-Am features such as the louvered front wings and a new quad exit, polished stainless steel exhaust system.
This week’s showing at the inaugural Gulf Concours on the lawns of the Burj Al Arab, comes on the back of unprecedented sales growth in the Middle East and Arica region during the first halfof 2016.
This performance is a result of a continued focus by McLaren retail partners to meet customer expectations and also the introduction of a broader range of models offered, specifically within the Sports Series, which includes the 570S Coupé, voted the Middle East Car of the Year Awards 2016 ‘Best Performance Coupe’. — SG