Those of you who have never seen the Can Am cars of the late Sixties and early Seventies missed out on what may be considered the most visceral motorsport of all time. Fortunately, many of these cars are still being raced and have lost none of their ferocity.
The car in the photo above is the 1972 McLaren M8F belonging to John Burke. The car is powered by a 598 cubic inch V8 that creates a whopping 1,019 horsepower. It is naturally aspirated, not turbos or supercharger needed. Yes, you read that right!
Just to give you an idea of the violence involved in motivating this monster, listen to the beast come to life:
Check out the beast in action after the break.
Over in the Canadian Motorsports History Group on Yahoo, there is some chatter going on regarding the pace that Burke is setting. Bear in mind that some of these fellows have driven these cars, some now & some back in the day. The feeling seems to be that he is only pushing the car at roughly 7 or 8 tenths. The reason I point this out is that I want you to watch the speedo in the lower left. This is telemetry from the car. This monster accelerates from 60 to 120 miles per hour faster than most road cars go from 50-60!
Behold the beast!
The photo above was taken by Bill Hitzel for Just Above Sunset and the in-car video was posted on youtube by John Burke.