Can-Am Spyder goes turbo with new concept vehicle

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeffrey Earnhardt sits on the Can-Am Spyder F3 Turbo Concept Vehicle

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeffrey Earnhardt sits on the Can-Am Spyder F3 Turbo Concept Vehicle (Credit: BRP)

Love it or hate it, Bombardier Recreational Products' Can-Am Spyder Roadster is definitely a unique vehicle. Recently, however, BRP introduced a one-off model that's a little more unique than all the others – the Can-Am Spyder F3 Turbo Concept Vehicle.

Unveiled this Thursday at Florida's Daytona International Speedway, the F3 Turbo was on hand to help kick off BRP's sponsorship of the upcoming Can-Am NASCAR racing season.

The vehicle features a 150-hp, 1,330-cc turbocharged and intercooled Rotax engine. That powerplant takes the F3 Turbo from 0-60 mph (0-100 km/h) in 4.3 seconds and does a quarter-mile (0.4 km) in 12.3 seconds.

There's also a Sport mode, which allows for controlled rear tire drifts when engaged.

"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," says Rénald Plante, director, Can-Am Spyder engineering. "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."

There are no plans to bring the F3 Turbo to production.

Source: BRP

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