McLaren X-1 is a one-off model created for an anonymous client

What is this you’re looking at? It’s known as the X-1 by McLaren Automotive and its making its debut today as a one-of supercar at the Pebble Beach weekend in Monterey, California.

Based on the McLaren MP4-12C, the X-1 was commissioned up by an anonymous McLaren enthusiast.

“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 Programme 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.”

Following a meeting with the unnamed client Mackenzie and Design Director Frank Stephenson went to see him to start to explore the sort of car he wanted.

The car is inspired by many elegant vehicles including the 1961 Facel Vega, a 1953 Chrysler D’Elegance Ghia, a 1959 Buick Electra, a 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K and a 1971 Citroen SM. There are varian examples of each model in the car.

A design by McLaren’s Korean-born RCA graduate Hong Yeo was chosen, and completed under the direction of Stephenson.

“X-1 embodies the McLaren value that every part has to have a purpose,” said Hong Yeo. “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…”

The McLaren X1 uses the same chassis as the 12C and uses the same twin-turbo V8 as the standard car.

– By: Omar Rana