McLaren Special Operations recently unveiled the X-1 supercar at the Pebble Beach, held at California. The one off supercar has been built for a McLaren enthusiast whose identity hasn’t been disclosed.
“The key qualities the client desired were ‘timeless and classical elegance.’ Which was some challenge,”said Design Director Frank Stephenson. Based on the inputs from the customer, the performance car maker zeroed in on the design proposal by McLaren’s Korean-born RCA graduate Hong Yeo. “X-1 embodies the McLaren value that every part has to have a purpose,” said Yeo. “No details are simply visual cues, everyone has a purpose. Although I like to think the wide body combined with pontoon style rear fenders will ensure the car glides when it’s moving just like a superhero’s cape.”
The exterior design stands apart in the crowd of ‘mundane’ supercars with a long front overhang and a long tail. The tail is also tapered towards the end. The rear wheels are hidden behind the rear fenders and bring back the memories of the classic era. The X-1, at 4,658mm long, is longer than the 12C by 109mm. The car is 2,097mm and 1,199mm high. The latest from McLaren comes with head and tail lamps that have been inspired by the car maker’s ‘tick’ logo. The inside gets Harissa Red nappa leather for the seats, door and roof trim. The switchgear is made up of machined nickel-coated aluminium bezels. Details of the powertrain are not known yet but watch out for this space for engine specifications. The X-1 is powered by a twin turbo V8 that pumps out upwards of 625PS to play with.