Friday, October 18, 2013

Half-Scale McLaren Can-Am Racer Is The Best Go-Kart Ever: eBay Find

Here's a car for those adults out there who never wanted to give up their go-karts.
Bang Shift found this half-scale McLaren M8B Can-Am car for sale on eBay. And yes, you can drive it.
According to the seller, the mini McLaren was built using modern racing kart components, including a four-stroke kart engine. It has a molded fiberglass body, tubular chassis, and hydraulic disc brakes.
Best of all, the seller says it will fit a "6' 1" slender man." Start that diet now.
McLaren is the most successful team in the history of Can-Am racing, claiming five consecutive world championships between 1969 and 1974.
The M8B was one of the cars that ensured McLaren's dominance. An evolution of the already-successful M8, the full-size M8B was powered by an aluminum 422-cubic inch Chevrolet V-8, and featured aerodynamic enhancements like the signature giant rear wing.
It was such a potent package that McLaren won every race of the 1969 Can-Am season. Founder Bruce McLaren won six of those 11 races himself.
Not everyone can squeeze into a go-kart-sized replica, though. For those people, there is another way to relive the glory days of Can-Am, but it doesn't come cheap.
McLaren is currently building the 12C GT Can-Am Edition to order. With this limited-edition model, McLaren tried to turn the already-capable MP4-12C into a race car. Just look at all of those spoilers and decals.
However, the 12C GT Can-Am Edition costs about $595,668. That's probably a bit more than the half-scale M8B will fetch on eBay.