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This McLaren M8F is 8.8 Litres of Can-Am Fury

Submitted by on August 22, 2016

McLaren M8F

“The car’s 8.8 litre. That’s a family-sized car engine per cylinder.”

Spend a few minutes with this monster McLaren M8F Can-Am at the 2016 Silverstone Classic.

Goodwood Road & Racing‘s latest gets up close and personal with the Can-Am McLaren M8F of Andy Newall at this year’s Silverstone Classic.

Designed for the 1971 Can-Am season, the M8F is the most finely developed form of the M8, which originally debuted in 1968. It boasts a monstrous 8.8 litre Chevrolet V8 sitting just behind the drivers head and capable of putting out just shy of 900 horsepower. It’s not all big loud power, however – some very clever aerodynamic design means that it has plenty of downforce to keep it pinned to the racetrack.

Peter Revson and Denny Hulme were utterly dominant driving the M8F for McLaren Cars during the 1971 Can-Am season. They won all but two races, which Jackie Stewart picked up in a Lola T260. Revson claimed the drivers’ title just ten points ahead of Hulme, who was well clear of Jackie Stewart.

Andy Newall is the brave man responsible for taming this beast in its contemporary career in historic motorsport, and he’s clearly a very tidy steerer. He runs us through the car in this great video from Goodwood Road & Racing.

The Silverstone Classic ran over the 29th to the 31st of July and saw more than 1,000 historic racing cars take to the track in front of 100,000 happy fans.

MORE Can-Am Magic: Video: Dicing with a McLaren M8F in a Matra MS670B/C

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