Can-Am 150-Horsepower Spyder F3 Turbo Concept
For those interested in speed, pay attention to what’s new in the Can-Am / BRP camp. The group has produced a concept Spyder that is sure to turn a lot of heads. The 150-horsepower, race inspired Spyder F3 Turbo Concept was unveiled at the Can-Am Duel during Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway.
Speedweeks at Daytona – the precursor to the NASCAR Daytona 500 – is quite the spectacle. It is more than fitting that Can-Am has chosen to unleash the Spyder F3 Turbo Concept at Daytona International Speedway’s newly redesigned facilities.
“It’s a privilege to welcome BRP to the Daytona International Speedway family with its Can-Am brand,” said Joie Chitwood III, Daytona International Speedway President. “Can-Am is a great brand to have here with us to kick off the NASCAR season and Daytona even helped inspire a concept vehicle which we unveiled here today for all our fans to see.”
Now, let’s talk about the Spyder. Featuring a Rotax 1330cc turbocharged and intercooled engine, the Spyder can do 0-60 in 4.3 seconds and runs the quarter mile in 12.3 seconds. Here is one of the features that the designers at Can-Am and BRP are most proud of: SPORT mode. With SPORT mode engaged, the user can actually shake the rear end and it’s been designed for controlled rear tire drifting. That isn’t something that you’d expect out of a Can-Am.
Can-Am’s Spyder engineering director was able to share some words about the project and more importantly, its purpose, “BRP’s Rotax engineers challenged themselves to develop a turbo version of the Can-Am Spyder F3 engine, which resulted in this high-performance vehicle. Our team then fine-tuned everything to unleash its potential. This concept showcases the advantages of a Y-frame design, such as a lower center of gravity, the ability to drift and superb tire grip during aggressive cornering.”
So what did the BRP and Can-Am designers do? Aside from an aggressive make over, that includes an oversized hood and air intake, oversized lower grill, NASCAR inspired front spoiler, drag bar, a sporty yellow look; the Spyder F3 Turbo Concept doesn’t share a lot with its street going brethren. As mentioned before, this thing is putting out a claimed 150 horsepower @ 6800 rpm and 137 ft/lbs @5000 rpm. As a fan of performance twin engines, those torque numbers are pretty staggering and it now makes sense as to why controlled rear drifts are a highlight.
Akrapovic has supplied a 3-to0-3 exhaust and, this machine will be rolling around on racing slicks.
But here is the kicker – it isn’t going to be a production bike and there is no word from the manufacturer if a version will ever hit the street. Can-Am and BRP’s main purpose of this machine is simply to test the limits of their engineers on a platform that helped build the Can-Am name up while also showing their continued interest in the world of racing. Can-Am, as a brand, became the entitlement sponsor for the Can-Am Duel at Daytona, as well as the Can-Am 500 in Phoenix in November.
BRP is also the primary sponsor of the #32 GoFAS NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing team featuring drivers Jeffrey Earnhardt and Bobby Labonte, as well as Alex Labbé in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series in Canada.
BRP will have a full line of Can-Am products on display at all of their sponsored events. Everyone is encouraged to come and peruse the Can-Am Spyder concept, as well as Can-Am ATV’s, side-by-sides, Spyder roadsters at Midway areas throughout the NASCAR season in 2016, including Daytona International Speedway.
For additional information, visit Can-Am.