McLaren X-1 Concept One-Off Supercar Debuts in Pebble Beach

McLaren’s Special Operations (MSO) division has unveiled the X-1 concept one-off supercar at The Quail, an exclusive event that is a highlight of the Pebble Beach event this weekend in Monterey, California.

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McLaren’s Special Operations (MSO) division has unveiled the X-1 concept one-off supercar at The Quail, an exclusive event that is a highlight of the Pebble Beach event this weekend in Monterey, California.


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The McLaren X-1 is based on the 12C, but was designed specially for a special McLaren client. “One of our clients who already owned a McLaren F1, a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren and now a 12C, wanted a unique car,” says MSO Program Director, Paul MacKenzie. “The conversation began with our Executive Chairman Ron Dennis almost three years ago − before the 12C was even launched. The client wanted a machine that had all the capability of the 12C but wrapped in a unique body that reflected his needs and personality.”

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The overall design that took 18 months to sign off on is inspired by classic cars like the 1961 Facel Vega, 1953 Chrysler D’Elegance Ghia, 1959 Buick Electra, 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K and a 1971 Citroën SM. The designer, Hong Yeo’s biggest challenge was to create a mid-engined supercar that embodied the classic elegance and timeless values from models that had front engines and rear-wheel drive proportions.

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Hong Yeo stated, “X-1 embodies the McLaren value that every part has to have a purpose. No details are simply visual cues, every one 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…”

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