McLaren X-1 – Suits You Sir! The Ultimate Tailored Car

Racing car specialists, McLaren have built a unique bodykit for one, anonymous super-rich client.

The X-1

A rebodied MP4-12C, features the same windscreen and windows as its predecessor, but that’s about it.

The owner’s brief included a nod to Citroen’s 1971 SM, a grand piano, black-and-white photo of Audrey Hepburn…and an aubergine!

Paul MacKenzie, program director of McLaren Special Operations:

“One of our clients — who already owned a McLaren F1, a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren and now a 12C — wanted a unique car. 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.”

The brief also demanded the design shape should evolve from a competition amongst designers. The winner was McLaren’s Korean-born RCA graduate Hong Yeo.

The client wanted a mid-engined car with the proportions of a classic front-engined/rear drive GT, something never tried before.

Months of sketching and modelling began producing, 18-months later, The X-1.

The X-1 is 11cm longer than the MP4-12C, just over 4.6 metres, and nearly 19cm wider at 2.1 metres. Despite this McLaren says that it weighs the same as the production car thanks to the extensive use of lightweight panels.

It’s a beauty!


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