When you are a devoted McLaren fan and have already splashed out on a McLaren F1, a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren and a MP4-12C, the next step is one-off McLaren model built just for you.
An “anonymous car enthusiast” ordered a McLaren X-1 Concept at McLaren Special Operations (MSO) with amazing design features: a machine that had all the capability of the McLaren 12C but wrapped in a unique body that reflected the mystery fan’s needs and personality.
What is the connection between a 1961 Facel Vega, a 1953 Chrysler D’Elegance Ghia, a 1959 Buick Electra, a 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K, a 1971 Citroen SM, a Jaeger LeCoultre clock, an Airstream trailer, a Thomas Mann Montblanc pen, a grand piano and an eggplant? The new one-off McLaren X-1 Concept built by McLaren Special Operations (MSO).
McLaren X-1 Concept sport car unveiled at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is the result of three years creative process. The McLaren fan wanted a new model exclusively for himself, so he contacted the McLaren’s executive chairman.
The builders hosted a design competition. McLaren’s Hong Yeo designer was chosen and the client signed off on production of a retro-inspired McLaren X-1 Concept focused on carbon fiber body panels, special head – and taillights, custom wheels, solid aluminum trim and covered rear wheels. The concept will generate 616hp output and 600Nm torque and it is based on the luxury carmaker’s McLaren 12C. The concept car will be powered by a 3.8litre V8 twin turbo engine mated to a 7 Speed SSG dual-clutch transmission.
The anonymous McLaren enthusiast equipped the interior with Harissa Red Nappa leather upholstery, nickel-coated aluminum switchgear and titanium-weave carbon fiber trim.