Named the McLaren X-1, the supercar will make its world premiere at an exclusive event later on Friday at the Pebble Beach Concours in Monterey, California.
The X-1 was built by McLaren Special Operations (MSO), which is the division of McLaren Automotive responsible for the delivery of bespoke projects.
One of the most difficult aspects of the design was to implement styling cues and proportions from classic models with front engines on a vehicle platform with a mid-engine layout. This probably explains why the styling process took 18 months to complete.
According to designer Hong Yeo, “[The] 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…”
The building process started before the styling was signed off and was completed in two and a half years.
The X-1 measures 4,658mm long and 2,097mm (with mirrors) wide making it 109mm longer and 188mm wider than the MP4-12C with which it shares the same height at 1,199mm.
The lighter and more exclusive carbon fiber body panels compensate for the increased exterior dimensions and as a result, curb weight is almost identical at around 1,400kg or 3,086 lbs.
Inside, while the basic architecture of the MP4-12C’s interior did not change, the cabin was personalized in terms of the materials, colors and trims.
Under the sheetmetal, the X-1 shares the same the major mechanical components as the 12C, including the twin-turbocharged V8 engine with 616hp (625PS).
McLaren said that after its debut in Monterey, the X-1 will return to MSO headquarters in Woking for a thorough check up before it heads over to the owner’s private collection.