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McLaren X-1

Tue, 21 Aug 2012

McLaren Special Operations unveiled a one-off supercar this weekend at Pebble Beach called the X-1, designed exclusively for an anonymous enthusiast.

Following a consultation with the client a design by McLaren's Korean-born RCA graduate Hong Yeo was chosen. "X-1 embodies the McLaren value that every part has to have a purpose," said 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."

Its proportions are unusual by supercar standards – it has a long front overhang as you'd expect but also features a long tail and a general downward curve towards the rear and a drawn-out, tapered tail. The rear wheels are enclosed and accessed by carbon panels, which adds to an overall feeling more of efficiency than raw power.

The X-1 is 4,658mm long – 109mm longer than a 12C – with a width is 2,097mm, an increase of 188 mm from the 12C. Despite the modified roofline, the height remains the same at 1,199mm.

Its carbon body panels are finished in black while its body sides are clear lacquered carbon. It features unique head and tail lamps inspired by the McLaren 'tick' logo. The brightwork that highlights the edges of the car are machined from solid aluminum with a nickel finish.

Inside, bespoke Harissa Red nappa leather has been used for the seats, door and roof trim, and switchgear with machined nickel-coated, aluminium bezels. The carbon interior trim has a titanium weave while special andesite tufted carpet covers the floor.

Gallery: McLaren X-1