McLaren closely follows the footsteps of Ferrari – customizes a vehicle for a client

McLaren X 1 Concept McLaren closely follows the footsteps of Ferrari   customizes a vehicle  for a client

McLaren X 1 Concept 2 McLaren closely follows the footsteps of Ferrari   customizes a vehicle  for a client

Ferrari is known for making personalized cars for its well off consumers. McLaren now did the same. It recently revealed an exclusive model that borrows its basics from MP4-12C. This vehicle has been named McLaren X-1. This supercar will make its debut at the Pebble Beach Concours in Monterey. This vehicle was built by the MSO (McLaren Special Operations) which is the division responsible for custom-made projects.

Paul Mackenzie, who is the MSO Programme Director, gave the details that initiated this project in the first place. Their client who owns a McLaren F1, a Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren and a 12C, wanted a special car designed for him that would have all the features of a 12C but the exteriors would have to be designed differently. This led to several meetings in which this anonymous client was shown ample pictures pertaining to the fields of architecture, automotive, fashion and Hollywood films. The client then zeroed in on a few choices that he thought reflected his personality. A few vintage and classic cars belonging to the times of 1939-1971 like the Citroën SM (1971), Chrysler D’Elegance Ghia (1953) and Buick Electra (1959) and a few architectural inspirations completed his list.

The client wanted designers who did not belong to the world of automobiles and McLaren’s own designers to contest. At the end McLaren’s Hong Yeo’s (Korean-born) design was chosen and completed under the supervision of Frank Stephenson- the Design Director. They had to ensure that the car could be used on the roads and this necessitated testing. Every part of this automobile has a function and is not an appendage. This car is 188mm wider and 109mm longer than the 12C. The carbon fiber made body makes it lighter thus compensating for the increased length and width. The interiors are the same as 12C, only that the cabin was tailored in terms of the colors and materials. It has a dual-turbocharged V8 engine which produces 616 HP the same as 12C.

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