Not knowing what to do with you near limitless disposable income? You can always seek consultation from McLaren Special Operations (MSO), a divisor within the McLaren Automotive group that specialize in bespoke projects. That was what an avid McLaren fan did. Having already owned the McLaren F1, a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren and a 12C, the client wanted something out of ordinary. And after close to four years of rendering and building, McLaren came away with the X-1, an one-of-one concept which seamlessly merged modern engineering feats with classic lines of yesteryears.
The concept found its start at the hands of designer Hong Yeo, with inspirations from “…1961 Facel Vega, a 1953 Chrysler D’Elegance Ghia, a 1959 Buick Electra, a 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K and a 1971 CitroÃ«n SM…” A few other non-car design elements, such as “…Guggenheim museums in New York and Bilbao,a Jaeger LeCoultre art deco clock, an Airstream trailer, a Thomas Mann Montblanc pen, a grand piano…” Even, an eggplant and a black-and-white photo of Audrey Hepburn were part of the design variables. Then, MSO Programme Director, Paul MacKenzie, and Design Director, Frank Stephenson, put together the various pieces. Roughly based on the MP4-12C, specialists at MSO fashioned all of X-1’s body panels in carbon fiber, finished in piano black at the customer’s request. All metallic portions are in either aluminum or nickel, polished to reflect. But the most unique and visible feature would be the X-1’s McLaren Airbrake rear wing. The McLaren X-1 will be making its public debut today as MSO presents the car at The Quail, an exclusive event to coincide with this weekend’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.